My figurative work has been an on-going endeavor. When I draw and paint figures, I am reminded that nothing in life is more important than people who are the focal point of our universal concern for life. The principles, vocabulary of form and complexity of American Impressionism are most significant and relevant to my current approach in which I explore the depths and subtleties of human experience.

The voyeuristic aspect of figurative painting also interests me. This element allows the viewer to see into the lives of subjects while remaining safely hidden behind the veil of the canvas. In this way viewers participate in my paintings in an emotional way. When people see my work, I want them to be drawn into a relationship with it that causes them to think about themselves and their relationship with their social, political, or physical environment.

In addition to figurative work, I have been engaged in the on-going production of a body of work that is based on my fascination with the images and patterns found within the biological systems of the human body. This attraction has led me to study the behavior of individual cells and their relationship with their parent organism. Cells—like persons—are unique; they work, reproduce, and die; communicate and interact with other cells; cooperate to form communities; and live according to rules (DNA). Sometimes, however, cells engage in self-destructive behavior, attack other cells, or rebel against their governing body—just like humans do. The anatomic or functional manifestations of a disease has been the subject of many of my paintings. In my work I try to be aware of the analogy between abstraction and realism.