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The paintings of my night series are set in the midst of anonymous, silent streets, and illuminated by the isolated lights of the nocturnal world that turn otherwise ordinary moments into mysterious and provocative tableaux.

I have been investigating the unique effects of this charged atmosphere, and try to create images that are ambiguous in narrative and evoke complex emotional responses.  

I wish for the paintings to go beyond (or beneath) the surface drama of the scenes to reveal, in half-lit moments, a private realm of experience.  Surrounded by sheltering trees and glowing houses, against the looming darkness and a silence at once ominous and reassuring, solitary figures encounter the promises and hazards of the night, as the viewer in turn encounters them.

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