My large portrait-based series often comprise casts of characters I have auditioned as subjects. Lately though, I’ve wanted to escape the confines studio portraiture and find a route into the expansiveness of landscape. I’ve been turning my eye to the wildlife subjects I come across in my travels and just outside my back door. The resulting paintings still have a portraitist’s attention to specificity, but a greater allowance for the evoking the shifting light and geography of the landscape. My most recent works have strayed from straight realism into compositions that illustrate the disharmony in our relationships with the natural world and among species--both native and introduced. I’m excited about this new direction and the possibilities for subtle allegories about contemporary life as our urban and wild spaces collide and competitions for scarce resources ensue.