Having been a photographer for three decades, one of Witbeck's greatest joys as a painter is being free from objective reality. He can put things in and leave things out and depict things the way they make him feel rather than the way they actually look. Witbeck loves to exaggerate and simplify shapes. He can bend, stretch, compress and twist the nominal subject matter to fit the confines of the canvas and to create an emotional response. Rather than thinking of the subject matter as a “picture” Witbeck tries to use it as a device to compose the surface of the canvas in an interesting way.