I began working with the figure seriously in 2003, after I moved to Portland, Oregon. I used pastels, they were similar to the markers that I used when I worked in advertising. The work was very popular but expensive to frame. I switched to oils in 2007.
My work was very muddy and mediocre in the transitional period so I cut my palette back to primaries, earth tones and white.
I like to work fast and am too impatient to wait for the oil to dry. I prefer working in alla prima, looking for a visceral feeling rather than a representation of the model.