People are easily drawn into portraits; it is a genre that just about everyone can relate to. In addition to my interest representing the personality and character of the individual in my painting, I am also compelled with the tried and true approach to art making of painting. I find that I can communicate the messages I need to through that media while still presenting an important and unique addition to the current art world. My works are recognizable in shape and form as portraits, but I approach them by juxtaposing a wide variety of hard-edged colored geometric and organic shapes that form the very specific and important individual. I create the works I do simply because of my relationships with the individual. My portrait paintings are of my friends and family, people I enjoy surrounding myself with.