Artist Statement

From the series Antiportraits. I've never been especially fond of portraiture and have even found it a bit irritating because it seems so easily to degrade into an exercise in vanity. Therefore, I decided to deal with this subject in a way where conventional ideas of portraiture are thrown out the window--allowing me a freedom to use the portrait as a means for access into a more emotional and interior world.

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