The artistic relationship between eyes to hand and hand to surface can play a role in creating an image that is exclusive of ideas that were initially formulated. This particular connection is one of the most rewarding results as a painter for me because it allows me to shuffle between the role of painter and viewer. I love painting the figure. It is an expression of my interests in people, their background, experiences, the unknown, and the physical elements and uniqueness of each individual person. More specifically, I enjoy painting people who are important to me which is a major part of my practice. This includes photo shoots of the ladies that are fun and energetic and usually involves conversations about any number of topics. In my work, the goal is to capture a likeness of the model as well as to conjure an emotion consistent with each woman's personality.