My work investigates the contrast and compliment between the disciplines of photography and painting. Historically, photography is reality- an accurate reference. Painting is interpretation, subjective and emotive. This series of portraits breaks with a traditional formality, and explores movement and energy as translated by the artist's hand. The image of the individual is manipulated in an effort to emphasize the flux of human relationships. The interpretation transcends mere documentation: it is a personal and intimate impression of lives and surroundings.