I like to create striking and disturbing images. These can range from the sort of images that that jolt people out of their comfort zone, or to convey a sense of forboding. The images that I have seen from artists like Salvador Dali to H.R. Giger to the Polish master Zdzisław Beksiński have given me the creative fuel to create pictures that contradict our positive perceptions of the world. I have used acrylics to make these unsettling images, but I have recently made the switch to oil. Acrylics are easy to work with, as they dry fast, and I can always paint over it if I can make a mistake. However, I currently use oils to create an expressive yet detailed work, despite being tougher to use. I have been working on a series of works over the years known as the Apparition series. The works in this series display my own view on soldiers of various wars throughout human history. Throughout every culture, soldiers are viewed as heroes and as martyrs, but the Apparition paintings show a different side. These images are seen through the eyes of the receiving end of the atrocities committed by soldiers. I distort the facial features and create surrealistic look to remove the idealistic appearance of the "soldier of fortune" image. I paint these because I typically view soldiers as tools of conquest, of the cruel intentions of power-hungry generals and politicians. While some people at least claim to fight for a more noble cause, many more people join conflicts to annihilate whatever or whoever is percieved as a threat to their countries' existence. I see those who promote the ideal image of a heroic soldier as conveyors of violence, bigotry, and socially regressive policies. I see no heroes in war, only villians.