As a young man I was an athlete, specifically gymnastics, track & field, and sailboat racing. The emotional and mental aspects of sports and athletics is what intrigues me. That split second of weightlessness while executing a trick in gymnastics, the feeling of crossing the finish line, or that elation when you cleared the bar in pole vaulting. Those fleeting moments are what I try to capture in my art.
I like to put the focus on the athlete over the sport. Sports and athletics can bring out the best in the human condition, emotions, and behavior. Things like fair play, courage, sacrifice, respect, and even compassion. There is an interesting dichotomy where striving to win, “take no prisoners”, and dominance are balanced with respect, compassion, and fair play.
I want my art to bring out the athlete in all of us.