I make images that keep the window partly open between the subject being depicted and the marks made by my hand. In painting a sparrow, for example, the bird is clearly a bird. While at the same time the oil paint on the canvas remains oil paint. This open relationship allows two important qualities to be at the forefront: energy and transformation.
By energy, I am addressing the physical movement of the subject being depicted and the motion of my gesture during the act of creation. The brush strokes describe not only surface, form, color, and texture, but makes visible the very breath of life.