Both my painting and my writing are descriptions of a personal encounter. It isn't enough for my subjects to be recognizable. I try to eliminate the detail and noise that obscure the identity, and discover visual clues that will trigger the viewer's recollection of a shared experience - that understanding we have in common. My subjects are living moments, not isolated, static entities. There is a before and after, and the viewer should sense that in my descriptions of them. 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.