Many of my recent paintings are portraits depicting imagined scenes whose dream-like quality might take place among billowing clouds or on a tropical beach. Some of the settings for these paintings have their roots in the flamboyant style of 18h Century Rocco art. I find the combination of innocence and artifice that existed in the work from that period to be fascinating and relevant to contemporary art today. To achieve the effect I want the paintings need to be lovingly made or else the whole thing does not work. Yet when fantastical situations are painted with references to Classical painting the whole scene takes on a creepy sub-text. I try to incorporate this ambiguity in my work.