“Painting is in my blood – it is what I was meant to do. When I was a child, my artwork would adorn the cover of my families’ annual Christmas card, and so I have always thought of myself as an artist. Throughout high school and college I furthered my talent with sporadic art classes, but didn’t seriously focus on my art until my 40’s.
It was then that I took portrait life drawing and painting classes from successful artist and mentor Roger Whitridge, as well as classes from Laguna Beach plein-air master, Greg LaRock. It was during this time that I realized that complete abstraction, realism and impressionism have all been each taken as far as they can go. Painters today are only creating more of the same, with slight variances; but still the same style, the same themes. I wanted to express myself in a way that was unique and original, that has never been done before, and yet have it connect with people positively. Quite a challenge.
It was then, while looking at Gustav Klimt’s painting “The Kiss” that my mind sparked with the idea to paint the “Emotional Energy of Life”. As Klimt’s lovers have Emotional Energy on their robes, which seems to put passion into their kiss, I wanted to singularly focus on this Energy – in all it’s beautiful and horrid twists and turns; all of its emotional faces.
By painting my portraits into black and white, the colorful and creative focus of my paintings becomes on this invisible Emotional Energy. My goal as an artist is to capture this living force that is within us and surrounds us on a continual basis. Moments in time determine the colors, shades, moods and form of this energy. I am painting this unseen energy.
Of an interesting note, My great great grandfather is the world renowned 1700′s English portrait artist George Romney (his paintings hang in the Louvre, the Met, the Hermitage, the Getty, the Chicago Museum of Art and the National Portrait Gallery to name a few. A total of 74 international galleries.)”