My paintings closely resemble photographs and are often mistaken for such. However, I hesitate to label myself as a Photorealist. I feel that it’s the combination of my subject matter, the composition of my paintings and my process that separates me from Photorealism in the literal sense. Rather than working from one photograph, I create a digital collage of many images before I even begin to sketch the actual artwork. Also, I love to incorporate aspects of Surrealism into my work – so I like to think of it as a merging of those two movements. It can take me 5 weeks to complete one 8 x 10” painting. My technique is very controlled and deliberate. This is achieved by working on one small area at a time and blending endlessly.