While I may be better known for my abstract works, I have always been a student of figurative drawing and portraiture, and I frequently return to the subject of people in my work. Recently, my figurative paintings have portrayed simple, everyday moments rendered in thick layers and rhythmic markings to give weight and ultimately, to celebrate and dignify the condition of being human. In “Girls of Summer,” three young, beautiful girls stare directly at the viewer. Their faces and upper bodies blend yet also emerge from the background, and even though they are three, they feel united as one. Like in my abstracts, I interrupt lines and sculpt and compose the surface so that the textures and colors evoke a powerful, yet quiet energy, and in this piece, a feeling of harmony.