I am interested in painting dealing with the human condition, so my work tends to be figurative. I try to keep these figures realistic enough to evoke a reponse to the human form, but painterly enough to keep the surface of the painting interesting, emphasizing line, color, and composition. As a result of trying to get to the essence of the image, the figures usually turn out to be nudes (whether they start out that way or not), both for the purity of line and for emphasis of their humanity. I try to express the wide range of the human experience: the physical and the emotional; the spiritual and the carnal; the engaged and the apathetic. My work has been described as "figurative-expressionist", and those who view my paintings often tell me what "story" they see in them, asking me if they have the right interpretation. 

-Laurence Quirk