My paintings depict people who are close to me. They show their internal dialogue with their hands, faces, and posture. I try to paint these people as I find them, communicating with themselves and their environment; even they may not realize that they are experiencing this conversation. When I start a painting, I am drawing from influences in my immediate surroundings, and am pulling from experiences of my eclectic past, and learned knowledge. I choose to depict the figure because it is the most immediate way of relating to an image for most people. I chose immediacy because I believe in the honesty of a mark executed well.