For a number of years I have been seeking out spaces to paint as my subject matter. I’m interested in capturing the character of a place by exploring its physical qualities and how it is shaped by its inhabitants. A space has a presence by virtue of materials, design, and organization. People occupy a space and fill it with things for a variety of reasons, including utility and display. Time and environment are also factors. When painting from life, I’m able to fully embed in my surroundings, and by being present I gain a more nuanced understanding of my subject.