Alla prima (meaning at first attempt, in Italian) is an oil painting technique that uses wet-on-wet layers to create a painting in a single session. Most of my alla prima portrait and figure paintings are inspired by sessions with a live model. Painting from a live model creates an atmosphere teeming with potential. During a 3 hour session, a model will naturally relax and thoughts will fleetingly animate a face. This live encounter is flexible and dynamic. The time limit and movements of a reacting body gives these paintings a gestural quality quite different from my studio paintings.