When people first meet, they often ask where the other is from. They want to be able to put the other person in context. Place is a big part of identity. My work focuses on places and the people who occupy those places.
I live in South Brooklyn, with my family. I paint communities, especially my own. I also paint the transportation between them. I capture a moment in time when people are in transition from one place to another.
My paintings are informed by both drawings I do from life and photographs I take. I walk, ride the subway and drive, looking for scenes that make me feel something. I identify a dynamic composition and capture it with either charcoal, markers or my camera. Then I go home and paint with oil on canvas in my...