Through my invented portraits, I tap into my subconscious and psychological brain space, to conjure loose metaphors and symbols, and weave them into compelling characters. Some of these folks represent a kind of psychological self-portrait. Others represent people I have encountered throughout my life, friends, neighbors, and generally everyday folks. These beings are not specific portraits, more like the impression of various people. The character's life-story is left open to interpretation, inviting the viewer into the story-telling process. The results are what appear to be damaged or vulnerable beings, but a second look reveals complex and sensitive spirits, more like enthusiastic upstarts, rather than rejects or troublemakers.
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