Artist Statement
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.

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