Differently from other techniques like drawing, watercolor, gouache or acrylics, oil painting intimidated me.
I had the great fortune to be guided by the hand of the Nicaraguan painter Armando Morales. After displaying his colors on the palet, his large hand led my brush to the paint, turpentine onto the canvas. It was a magical initiatory moment: from then on I knew oil painting would be my media. As Armando worried about the conservation of his work he asked me to investigate on different painting techniques.
My research led me to Patrice de Pracontal, then teacher of painting techniques at the French Institute of Restoration at the Louvre (IFROA). There through lengthy copies I learnt the old masters painting secrets allowing me today to freely interplay between transparency and density.
My work has undergone different influences from Latin American painting with Diego Rivera and Georgia O’Keeffe to old masters like Rembrandt, Vermeer and Piero Della Francesca to modern artists as Picasso, Matisse, Rothko...
As for many artists, copying remains a daily routine.