My artwork is created using an obscure technique called Fumage. Pioneered by Wolfgang Paalen, it is almost unknown today. The soot is collected directly from the lit flames of a candle or oil lamp. Then, using a range of instruments, I transfer it to the paper and proceed to blend, erase and manipulate the soot until the final image is achieved. My goal is to achieve fantastic realism work from an unconventional medium thereby showing that great art need not be limited to the realms of paint and graphite.
I am inspired by the work of master realism artists such as Dirk Dzimirsky and Antonio Castelló Avilleira. I believe in challenging myself and always striving for perfection. It is important to never top learning, especially in the field of art. If you can’t find a technique that you can connect with, develop your own.
Intense an curious looking people are among my favorite subjects. Although portraits usually are the most challenging, they are also my favorite. I feel best when I have captured a strong emotion in both the subject and the viewer. If a picture is worth a thousand words, those words should tell a story.