I drew a lot as a child, often copying classical drawings using a reed pen I made myself. I discovered the paintings of Lucian Freud in college during the 1980s. His work inspired me to learn how to develop my skills in drawing and painting. I painted mostly portraits and a few landscapes in oil. Some years later I discovered the watercolors of Joseph Zbukvic. Inspiration returned. I learned about a group of watercolor painters in Australia who, in the 90s, often painted together (Joseph Zbukvic, Alvaro Castagnet, and Herman Pekel). Their work continues to inspire me. I want my watercolors to treat contemporary subject matter in loose impressionistic and bold ways. When seen up close the brushwork and under-drawing should be obvious, even abstract; when seen from a distance the work should resolve into the object it represents. This play conveys the dynamism of the work.