India has always held a special place in my heart. I love the spirit, the orderly chaos and the warmth of its people. As a visual artist, I see and greatly appreciate the theatre and its cast of characters. I am drawn to intensity, intimacy and authenticity in my subjects. I gravitate to people that are in the “shadows” and not seen. I look for stories I can tell about them and bring them to the stage.
I am inspired by Raghu Rai’s work as a photographer. He says “A photograph has picked up a fact of life, and that fact will live forever. It immortalizes the moment.” I agree, and strive to do this with my work. Although the country is rich with color, I process most of my work in black and white to add to this sense of immortality and to capture the emotion and spirit in a more dramatic fashion. It isolates and adds to the intimacy as well.