My most recent work is not created in the shelter of a studio, but outside on the streets of my community and city. This new developing body of work challenges the accepted practice of “plein air” painting by presenting not the picturesque and beautiful, but ugly and dirty places most avoid at great length, homeless encampments. Painting is slow. The people who live in the tents and bivouacs that I paint are often very curious and ask me about what I am doing. In this way my work opens up relationships and intimate interactions for me with a socio-economic population that is marginalized and maligned by society at large. For the past 15 years my work has focused on the poverty of housing in Los Angeles, and the throngs of individuals forced to make their homes on the streets. My artwork is more than just a painting, it is an affirmation of my beliefs in social and economic justice, the truths I strive to live by, and the energy, commitment and effort to manifest that in the world.