Artist Statement – 2022
My ever-evolving fascination with portraying landscape subject matter in surprising and non-traditional ways continues to energize and motivate me.
By observing and collecting images, experiences, emotional responses, and ideas inspired by the natural world, I record the intimate patterns and forces that nature enacts on the environment - the textures, rhythms, symmetry and asymmetry, the essences of nature’s abstract forms is what interests me the most. This raw material is the foundation for my art.
In the studio, this sensory information is filtered through an intuitive process of building forms, painting, and processing personal and found photography resulting in art that maps the fluid, non-linear experience of the cycles of life, cycles that continuously invite the opportunity for revelation and discovery.
My artwork is currently focused on two pathways: sculpture and collage.
My sculpture is often described as defying categorization. My pieces are neither wholly painting nor sculpture, although they embody both processes. The design and composition of my sculpture are inspired by the forms, textures, light, color, and shapes found in nature. My sculpture is designed using CAD software before the building process begins. My sculptures are fabricated from wood and painted with oils and watercolor. I often use colored plexiglass, and collage elements as well. It’s personally satisfying working with my hands to fabricate my sculpture and acknowledges the importance of fine craftsmanship to strengthen my statement.
As for my collage work, I use photography to record my observations and experiences in nature. Over the years I have acquired a vast catalog of images, both original and found. These images are used for reference tools in the studio and also to create stand-alone works of art. Using computer software to manipulate, combine and add compositional elements photographs to create complex compositions that suggest a narrative that is open to personal interpretation. The process of creating my collages is an intuitive process of image selection, composition design and final refinement.