"Portraits always amazed me. I love John Singer Sergeant and Thomas Eakins' work, but Iíve always admired Andrew Wyethís ability to transcend styles. When I decide to do Portraits I want to use Graphite, Acrylic or Oil. I love the idea that a portrait immortalizes someone. Unlike a photograph that eventually ages and falls apart, a portrait is ageless over hundreds of years.
When I was in my 30ís I used to attend the Malvern Retreat House. I recall seeing a portrait of a woman there. Whenever I saw it I'd think Ďthatís an interesting portrait of an old woman.í Now when I attend the Malvern Retreat I see her as a young middle age woman. This is what amazes me about portraits, the painting never changedÖ just my perception did. I still enjoy pointing out the painting to people to see how they interrupt it. While those in their 20ís and younger seem to see an older woman, guys my age see a vibrant contemporary.
Whenever Iím doing a portrait I try to bring that person alive in a way that a photograph can not. Once a photo is taken, the moment is captured as is, when Iím doing a portrait I get to spend time with the subject and learn more and more about them. It allows me to capture the essence in the final product so that it will have an element of Timelessness."