Ever since art school in the sixties I have painted the figure in some form or another. Phillip Pearlstein and Alex Katz were influences there. My recent preoccupations with staging and full body movement have led to a series of paintings where dancers and dreamers interact spatially with a strange, alternate universe of beings and objects that are sometimes diaphanous and floating and sometimes tangible and solid. The stylistic context I aim for is one where the real and the abstract coexist organically, and where the images are alternately familiar and fantastic as they vie for our attention and engagement. I am omnivorous when it comes to source material - live models, photographs of any kind or my imagination--it doesn't matter. I don't use the computer at any stage.