My portraits focus on emotion. I explore the range of emotions expressed in the faces and bodies of newborns. This series of paintings was inspired by a photograph taken of my son when he was a few hours old. His face clearly showed all the physical distress he had been through during birth.
Working in oil and encaustic in a loose, expressionistic style, I paint large, close-up portraits of newborns. My paintings put the newborn’s trauma and discontent clearly in the face of the viewer to elicit an emotional as well as aesthetic response.
My art is an exploration into identification and compassion. By identifying with the infant in the painting, we can acknowledge our own pain. By recognizing our common origin in pain and discomfort will all mankind, we can extend the sympathy we feel for the infant to ourselves as well as all humanity.