Through figurative art and portraiture I explore the human spirit — our mythology, spirit, desires — what is essentially true about us and our time. My paintings confront the essence and beauty of the sitter directly, usually showing the subject with little artifice or ornamentation, and often little sense of pose. While you look at the subjects, they look back at you. They do not exist as objects alone - they are active and engaging. In the words of the French Romantic Eugene Delacroix, "Give me a beauty which is not quiet!"