Each thing in my paintings was put there deliberately, knowing that nothing real can ever be perfectly replicated, only interpreted. Paintings are constructed gradually through memory, aftermath, judgement, and analysis of dozens of references. Environment and expression are removed. Images are stripped down into re-organized reality, where what remains are the un-idealized and the subconscious. The final, distilled state of the image is always imperfect, but without distraction. I aim for simplicity.