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Portraying reality in artwork is tricky business. Like any “realist”, I am moved by reality and it is moved by me in turn, as I paint. Painting traditional subject matter, I find that people, places and things each present me with challenges that are both different and similar. In all cases, I try to communicate some of the subject's inherent energy. My approach is academic and intellectual, but my involvement is emotional. Painting in oils, I paint because I love to do it. I see the world as full of beautiful things, and I love the process of expressing my visual enjoyment of life.