My current body of work consists of many large-scale oil paintings that reflect my peers and their environment. I create truthful portraits as a way to share my perspective as a spectator of contemporary life. As a starting point, I take snapshots of people within their own domestic space. Photography is a crucial process for documentation of the human condition. Photographs slice the world so thinly that they allow for an unintentional narrative, and for insignificant moments to be seen. The subject retains a degree of agency because they allow the artist into their private candid moments. In these images the audience is an intruder staring at the intimate setting that only the artist has access to. The result is a documentation of a generation living through the banal routine of day-to-day life.
By transforming these images into monumental paintings, the mundane becomes liberated. How this person wants to be seen, their visual identity, tropes of contemporary society, and material consumption: These elements present a narrative through environment. The translation of information into paint deconstructs the image further into my subjective interpretation of the moment. Gestural brushstroke and intuitive colour distort the perspective and proportional framework of the photograph. The result is an intimate, expressive and meditative painting that further personalizes my subjective view of the particular person.