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   My style of painterly realism is inspired by the work of modern painters who combine realism with a strong emphasis on abstract design, such as Richard Diebenkorn, Fairfield Porter, Edwin Dickinson and Edward Hopper. 

   My artistic process relies almost completely on direct observation. When I paint, I usually begin with the intention of creating a simplified version of reality—but inevitably my work becomes stronger the longer I work, and the more detail I include.  

   I’ve not settled on any one genre, finding portraiture, landscape and city scenes and still life all equally fascinating subjects. I consider oil paint to be my primary medium, but love drawing in pencil and charcoal as well as painting with watercolors and ink—and lately pastels are stealing my heart. 

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