“These portraits are part of a series that I have been working on since 2009. They are a form of tribute to French painter Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ sketch work… with a twist, a twist I’m afraid the painter may have most likely strongly disapproved. As for most of my work, this endeavor has become a journey into my own shadow, a world where numerous simmering characters await for the light. Every new creation is the strange discovery of a piece that already exists. I don’t create these beings but reveal them and every new apparition transforms me.”