What are you working on now?
I currently have about four paintings that are in all different stages of completion. One is a portrait and the other three are more geared towards still life.
Are there new directions or ideas in your work you're exploring?
Yes! In the last year and a half, I've been exploring my love for painting different materials. Although trained as a figure painter, I always found myself enamored with the areas of clothing in a portrait I would paint. I would accept these challenges of trying to teach myself how to paint these materials as life-like as possible--even if that meant coming up with new approaches to applying the paint. I felt that, because flesh, denim, and leather (to name a few) all look and feel and exist differently in real life, they should all be painted differently as well. While I still paint the figure here and there, my recent work has focused on painting these different materials. So with paint, I explore the materiality of these items, recreating a visual history of how they rip, tear, scuff, fade, break down, and evolve over time.