"The world presents itself as a constant source of inspiration for me. I find myself wondering where all the accumulated visual images are stored and how they quietly or perhaps urgently visit me in the studio. My work is filled with memory, at times clear and vibrant, sometimes re-imagined through time’s brushed lens.
What captures my attention? Often, I find myself drawn to opposites. On one hand, I love the structure and order of lines and grids. Both the natural and man-made environment offer a feast for the eyes—horizons, water dripping, striated sunsets, furrows in a field, ridges in metal or tile roofs, shadows cast by fences, the countryside seen from the sky, sewer covers, the warp and weft of rugs and fabrics.
But on the other hand, the non-linear world holds another kind of fascination. I am attracted to the fluidity and non-ending quality of the circle—seen in the sun, moon, bowls, wheels, ripples on the pond, stones washed smooth by the river.
Beyond form, color and texture play an important role in how I work. Applying layer upon layer of color, I endeavor to create change and often a sense of movement that allows some part of what came before to be revealed. By building up the surface with a variety of materials I hope to create work that invites to be touched.
I also find myself constantly experimenting with materials and ideas as I work. It seems natural to include recycled materials and found objects as well as fragments of my older works—prints, paintings, journal entries. Increasingly dimensionality interests me and leads me to play with creating pieces that are not bound by the two dimensional limits of canvas or board.
Through all of this process, I never know quite where a painting will take me, which is part of the magic that keeps me engaged. I feel that each person viewing my work should be able to enter it and experience his or her own unique interpretation or story. It gives me great joy to be able to create this possibility and to share some of my vision with the world beyond my studio."