I have painted portraits most of my life, starting as a child. I find it to be the most intimate and pure form of artistic expression because it comes directly from a conversation that I have with the person who I am painting. I started painting acrylic portraits while on extended leave in Bali. I painted three self portraits one day, and some of the other people staying at my guest house saw them and asked me to paint their portraits. I painted almost 90 portraits during my 4 month stay in Bali. People enjoy the process because I do not make them hold a pose, and spend more energy getting into an engaging conversation with them than trying to capture their exact likeness. I work fast and can complete a portrait in under an hour, and never go back later to work on the portrait. Painting is not bound by photographic likeness, and happens over a period of time, so I like to think that the portraits stand as a record of the time we shared getting to know each other. Painter and subject both performing for one another to create a work of art.