While I'm painting a face (or facing a painting) it's as if I'm trying to remember a face that no one (including me) has ever really seen. I move the lines and adjust the shapes until it takes on a dynamic personality that makes me feel something. Then, with color I try to unify the painting to focus that personality, or emotion, or mood, or expression, or impression or whatever. I want my paintings to have a simple and bold impact that exists with a nuanced and painterly form. Some of my main influences have been the woodcuts of Erich Hekel and the paintings of Paula Modersohn-Becker, Francesco Clemente, Phillip Guston and Yoshitomo Nara. I also can't ignore the influence of the many fantastic artists in and around Denver these days like Ray Young Chu, Amanda Marie, Jude Morales, and j5marble.