Artist Statement

In this world of everything that is fast and fleeting and instantaneous, I strive to be more intuitive and slower in my recording of each moment that I experience. I feel the nuances of place, the psyche of space.

Using nature as inspiration, I paint with an eye to reflect back through my canvases, a mirror for the viewer to see something other than a manufactured life, to see their human nature.

I am interested in transcribing the spirit of place by interacting with the physical world to find its essence. The experience of being in nature provides me obvious, as well as hidden effects. I have reactions to events both personal and global. Engaging in the process of painting is to unearth and record thoughts as a tangible representation of understanding life.

The layers I create in all of my paintings represent these engagements and experiences in a tactile way. Each piece is built with coats of paint, mark making with pencils, chalk pastels, pens and texture using paper scraps. I work on several pieces at the same time so a dialog is created, a conversation happening between the paintings that serve to create the story and allow thoughts to coalesce.

Making art, and especially abstract art, gives me a voice and the freedom to be intuitive, gain self-awareness, have insights, and observe external perceptions without being literal but rather lyrical. My work continually evolves and every piece is a personal time stamp of emotional evolution.