As I work, I’m always thinking about other artists and their work that sticks in my head. When I get stuck and can’t think I usually will turn to an art book. I have a nice collection of monographs and my favorite one is of Nathan Oliveira. He’s one of my favorite painters and someone that I look to often. When I was doing figurative work, it was his movements and compositions that really turned me on. As I studied his paintings and got to see some in person, I began to look at the broader picture. I was really attracted to the paint itself and the layering of colors. The simplicity and intricacy of his color palette really astounds me and heavily influences my work.
Another thing I admire about Oliveira is how his work has changed over the years. I love that he isn’t afraid to completely change the look and subject matter of his paintings and prints. That is something that everyone should strive for, I know I do.
“Given all the technology that we’re in the middle of, I would be so pleased if someone would look at one of these prints and say, ‘You know, I feel like that.’ What I’m concerned about now is creating a metaphor for what the figure really is.”