Art as a mirror of society

My goal as an artist is to explore what makes people do the things they do and act the way they act. People have always been the major inspiration for my work. In particular striving to portray the private expressions behind the public faces.

The particular themes that intrigue me are religion, identity, politics and a longing to belong. Some of these themes are potential minefields in which feelings can run high. But, as an artist, in my work I do not take sides. I see my role is to hold up a mirror that may help others explore their own perceptions of the world and human behavior.

The recent protests around the world, reminded me of this collection of oil paintings I made at the time of the Ferguson troubles in 2014. I offer it as a mirror for those who want to reflect.

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