I work with images that explore the interaction and transformation of
natural elements propelled by tidal, climatic, volcanic and tectonic forces.
The simultaneously regenerative and destructive cycles of nature evoke awe
and exultation in their beauty and their suggestion of order and causality
behind the chaos and complexity. I am interested in the resonance between
the cycles and elements in nature and human experience. The phases of
existence and the various ways the promise of life is fulfilled are both
source and vehicle for expression.
The paintings, executed in the studio, are formed from a distillation of
material (notes, sketches, photographs and memory). I use layers of paint,
glazes, drawn marks, and scratches working the painting into a mingling of
distinct and indistinct areas and shapes. I pursue specificity in
observation to arrive at an extended vision, but also pare away detail to
open the way for metaphorical and emotional possibilities.
The paintings are a fusion of the concrete and the symbolic: reality
suggestive of inner experience.