The visual world and its representation through the aid of the camera has long been the foundation for my paintings. It enables me to create a set of reference images; it also gives me the ability to seize a fleeting moment, a glance, an expression or a spontaneous gesture of the person I’m painting. Creating an image that will always be a reminder of that point of time and place. During the process of translating these images into paintings, an added level of scrutiny and evaluation occurs, commenting more on just the mere visual appearance that the camera provides. Through the selection and manipulation of the original photograph, I intend to capture the spirit of what is seen, providing a personal and emotional response to the subject.
I will paint from my own photographs and the photo sessions are often in the client’s surroundings. Supplied photos of good quality can be substituted if needed. An initial brainstorm with the client gives me an idea of what the painting has to depict. After this meeting a creative process of sketching will develop the final concept sketch for the client. Often the initial photo session is all that is needed from the client. Depending on how busy I am, and complexity of the painting, it will take 3 to 6 months to complete. Every painting is different, and although I try as hard as I can, it is not always possible to guarantee strict deadlines.