I see beauty in every woman.
I'm forever drawn to them, even strangers on the subway. My paintings are photo-realistic nudes of my friends, lovers and women I admire, sometimes from a considerable distance.
I start with either a photo already taken (perhaps by a lover) or I stage my own impromptu photoshoot. NYC rooftops, the more illegal the better, make for excellent backdrops for moonlit nudes.
After layering my photo selections with texture, color, light and filters I achieve a plan for what I will paint. The painting process usually takes from a few weeks to a few months depending on the level of detail that was available in my source photo. I use oils on canvas but I also love playing with gold leaf and saturated drips and washes of paint.
I think painting a woman might be the best way to truly understand her. Spending hours studying every surface, every shade, the way her mouth curves just so or the slight expansion of her retina as her eyes adjust to the flash - she reveals herself. She may not intend to, but she always does. I feel especially close to the woman I've painted. They've fed my passion and my artwork and for that I thank them for all that they are.