Portraits interest me because they’re an artifact of what we value.
They outlive those who sat for them and those who treasured them, so to invest in a portrait is an act of love. I find myself leafing through antique photos and imagining the personalities behind the prints (and with a good photographer, I don’t need imagination).
Animal portraits have always been my favorites. Ever since photographic processes emerged around 1840, people have commissioned likenesses of their pets; when I find one, I’m always touched by the gesture of respect. I appreciate that my work connects me with human/animal bonds that continue this legacy, and my responsibility is to produce artwork that lives up to it. I don’t give you snapshots. I give you a moment that is exactly your pet, and a little bit larger than life.