Since the late 1980’s, my work has involved the creation of paintings and drawings pertaining to a kind of “Industrial Surrealism” in which urban images, with and without figures, are synthesized from a combination of imagination and reality, sometimes directly drawn on location, derived from slides, prints and digital pictures or a mix thereof.
My art is technically well-crafted, using traditional realist techniques that fuse into my own “Magic Realism” when completed. Works in the same vein are also in development with looser, more “expressionist” brush strokes, bolder color and distortion.
My intention is to create an atmosphere of ambiguity and tension through the use of broken narrative, leaving the viewer with an unresolved outcome, which mirrors our increasingly complicated and surreal world.
Todd’s media is primarily oil on canvas and he also enjoys dry media such as charcoal and graphite. His inspiration comes from several Old Masters such as Caravaggio and Rembrandt as well as some contemporary master like Odd Nerdrum, Gerhard Richter and Mark Greenwold. His favorite art movements are Surrealism, Expressionism and German New Objectivity. The artists he most admires within these movements are Otto Dix, George Grosz, Conrad Felixmueller, Paul Delvaus, Dali, Giorgio DeChirico and many more.
Painting is Todd’s passion and it shows in his work. He is disciplined, determined and dedicated to his work.