(Image: Portrait of Egon Schiele by RVanLangenhove)
I’ve been influenced by so many artists that I’ve fairly lost count. I only recently remembered my very first favorite artist (because there are so many) and that was the incomparable de Toulouse-Lautrec, who might have been small in stature, but who was a grandmaster in craftsmanship. I paint and draw every single day and hope to one day reach the same level of excellence.
I love to work with paint straight from the tube onto the canvas, without mixing, giving my work an almost fauvist look, which is unrealistic in color, brutishly rendered and full of emotion.
I’m working towards a style of painting, which is both strong like Max Beckmann’s and at the same time graceful like El Greco’s.
Why do I paint people? Because we are so great at simultaneously being appalling and exalting, which makes for an exhaustive spectrum.
Why do I paint in oils? Because they are the most versatile. By changing techniques one can convey almost any emotion with them.
And why do I paint at all? Because I must. Because it makes my blood sing.