The host of stylistic approaches in James Lavott's work cannot disguise the fact that here is an artist who is searching to depict his own original take on the world. He has studied the western artistic masters and seeks to build on their various visual languages: from Surrealist still lives, to Expressionist pole dancers, to Cubist mosaic portraits. He also works with contemporary subject matter such as sporting heroes and celebrated musicians as well as portriats of friends and family. One can also detect paintings that clearly bear the hallmarks of a more whimsical starting point: the doodle! This is a way of bringing forth unexpected visual results.