Both my painting and my writing are descriptions of an encounter. Recognition isn’t enough; I try to eliminate the detail and noise that dilute the identity, leaving visual clues to trigger a shared understanding or experience. My subjects are living moments, not solo, static entities. There is a before and after, and the viewer should sense that. Depicting people eating breakfast at the counter in a diner isn’t enough; I want you to hear the clatter of plates. When you notice the boots next to the fisherman in his recliner, I want you to know how it feels to put them on in the morning.