In my toy portraits, I hope to capture emotion, mood and interpersonal dynamics in my subject and composition. Some succeed, some come close and some are just cute. I have my own reasons for every one one of my paintings. Some of them are really quite humorous, as well as sad. I generally don't like to explain my paintings. Besides the fact that I'm a very private person, I also I want my audience to connect with them in their own personal way.
It's always bittersweet when a painting sells, and is no longer in my possession. Eventually this subsides as I create new compositions that express my current perspective and emotions, except for "Olive Waits". She was painted 5 years ago, at a point in my life when I felt stuck with very little control. My coping method was to be patient and wait. Once I added "true to myself" to this list, my life changed for the better. Although my new path has been a bumpy ride, I'm happy doing what I love with wonderful people around me (no matter what the distance).
So, this is the story to Olive Waits. I tell it, because she'll always be mine. Well, she is me.