Through my paintings I draw inspiration from established artists from the past. I research and study the works for artists such as Caravaggio, John Singer Sargent, Diego Velazquez, Jean-Honore Fragonard and Normal Rockwell primarily noting the colors and compositions used. I use these two key components as inspiration for my own work. I strive to abstract the original artist's image by focusing on the application of the paint. I enjoy showing the physicality of the paint by using a pallet knife or my fingers to apply it to the canvas, creating texture and building layers. My finished works result in images that are so abstracted that they stand alone, no longer needing an association to the master's original painting.