Art is, at its best, more beautiful, better crafted, and more interesting than the reality we think influences it. However illusionistic it may or may not be, art is, in the end, purposefully unreal.
In pursuit of this ideal, my drawings and paintings prize aesthetics for its own sake, and they do so by revealing artistic process and through searching for the precise visual moment that separates illusion from material. As an artist who finds content by reflecting on the experience of being an artist, I am in dialogue with artistic traditions. My painting is the creation of something new through variation of historic ideas, images, and methods.
Photo by Dean Leeper, 2011