My work is influenced by the French and Russian Impressionists and Delacroix as well as with roots in ModernArt of Matisse, and influences by Robert Henri and Frank Vincent DuMond. I explore representationalism to find new ideas, methods and points of view with a basic abstract foundation to capture light and space. Each of my paintings begins with a strong sense of the present holding true to the reason I was first attracted to the subject. I build my image, choosing medium, method, color, values, and composition. My approach is direct alla prima applying conscious strokes conveying what I want to communicate.