When I was seven or eight, my family visited Pompeii. The adult men were shown certain mysterious murals while the women and children waited in an ancient street. My circumspect father never told me what they were.
My life-long fascination with story has led me to represent classical subjects, marrying the specific, extraordinary beauty of ordinary people to universal themes. These drawings are also an attempt to capture those unseen Pompeian paintings, those vanished lives, and to preserve ours.
A class at City College of San Francisco taught me about saucing paper for drawing, a technique I realized I could combine it with printmaking, though now I paint rather than print. The resulting works on paper are a combination of acrylic washes, printmaking inks, and graphite that grew out of my love of story and my desire to celebrate the iconic beauty of men. I am increasingly fascinated by the power a single mark has to alter an entire drawing process.
I always hope to make something beautiful. Drawing men seemed like a good place to start.
“It wasn't art I was interested in, it was drawing and painting. . . .”