Utilizing contemporary icons and formal elements, I continue to explore classical painting styles, techniques, and materials depicting straight-forward still-life paintings often combined with trompe l’oeil effects. Preliminary drawings are created from objects collected over the years then arranged on a tableau shelf in my studio. The arrangement may take hours or days, resulting in formal consideration of elements, form, symmetry, balance, color and most importantly lighting. I listen carefully to the composition as it usually tells me where it wants to go and what it wants to be. The best paintings reflect this synergy. I hope the viewer agrees.