I am most inspired by the way different objects are affected by light. I find glass and metal to be especially interesting, because of the way the light may be reflected or absorbed; shine through, or bounce off from, depending on each surface. Highly reflective objects make a fascinating subject because of their ability to provide a glimpse of the area surrounding the still life; outside of the picture plane. This adds an interesting and somewhat mysterious dimension to the painting.
My style is realistic, yet painterly. I want it to be obvious that my pieces are paintings and not photographs. To make this clear I leave visible brush strokes, and at times will push colors beyond their normal boundaries.