I have always revered the almost alien perfection of the early Flemish painters such as Jan Van Eyck and Rogier Van der Weyden. I use these Renaissance techniques to craft a look at contemporary social issues. Sometimes when I am grinding raw pigments into the yolk of an egg for making tempera, I marvel that a 15th century technique can so eloquently record 21st century icons.
I like to observe in great detail the spaces and objects that evidence our human behavior – like an ad hoc anthropologist, examining and questioning cultural scenarios through the detritus presented. Whether it’s gang tags or backyard bugs, I hope my work allows viewers to reexamine ordinary life through the minute details and find magic where they thought none existed.