I have always been a painter who emphasizes color, texture, detail, movement and the play of light on surfaces in my work. My primary medium is watercolor. I love its ability to make a painting "glow", in a way so similar to the stained glass windows I once designed. I also appreciate the difficulties and challenges it provides, and find the painting process with this medium to be both stimulating and satisfying. The goal in many of my paintings has been to translate the beautiful colors, textures and forms found in third world countries in Asia and South America into works of art. I'm often drawn to subjects that are "close to the earth", that display the dignity and beauty of these less Westernized cultures. I've also recently completed a series which I refer to as "contemporary classics", in which I use classic cars to reflect their surroundings. These cars both reflect a story, and become a vehicle for a story. Other subjects I find interesting are unusual ways of looking at familiar objects. In technique my work tends to be very detailed with an emphasis on brilliant color,my style often being described as hyperrealism. The challenge has always been to find clean color glazes that create vibrant effects, as well as creating the illusion of dimension, depth and intensity on a two dimensional surface. However, my ultimate goal is that of reaching beyond the subject matter to draw the viewer in emtionally.