For the artist, painting allows him to inhabit the clear green-blue waters of his summer memories. There is, in the pictures, a sense of serene tranquility, akin to the calm silence that presses at your ears when you plunge underwater to compete in a breath-holding contest. The paintings frequently represent summer, which is an escape or getaway for people, or mine is at least. A lot of my work is trying to shut everything else out — quieting the chatter and recreating these memories I have of the quiet, weightless feelings of being suspended in water. The work, with its interplay of light and color, is completely mesmerizing. The reflections and refracted light add an abstract quality to the work. Having the figure as a reference point allows me to focus on those abstractions that the reflections in the water provide. You discover how the two things react with one another — how the light bouncing off the skin mimics the ripples in the water.
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