Working from life is fundamental to a solid drawing foundation. I have enjoyed this process for as long as I can recall. In fact, as small child I often drew portraits of my parents, insisting they sit before me live. This cast drawing was created from life during my time as a student in New York. Rendered in charcoal and chalk, the 20 x 26" drawing depicts the Roman copy of the Greek Hellenistic sculpture, Hermes Fastening his Sandal. Classical art training in the academic discipline of live observation furthers one's perception of scale, measurement and proportion. These representational drawing skills allow me to realize my sitter's likeness in my portrait work. At the same time, by retaining a bit of my impressionist roots, I'm able to impart the feeling of my sitter's character and the energy they bring to the experience. This balance yields a portrait with solid structure, accuracy and vitality.