Artist Statement:

My practice is not governed by absolutes, I am a maker. In substance andprocess, I am flexible. For the most part, I utilize an inclusive color palletalong with myriad techniques and materials to create works, mostly on paper, that address something concrete. At other times my primary motivation is simply to create an object of beauty. A pretty picture can create a moment of escape and for that reason it remains a valid pursuit.

My more content-laden work responds to the fallibility and promise of humankind. Together with memories and their associated feelings, allusions and editorializations are made to the splendor of the natural world, contemporary land use, and modern society.

The direct,physical, aggressive methods I use to create what are typically delicate works coincide with our treatment of the planet and its inhabitants. The action and fullnessof the compositions is reflective of my mindset. Although the work is at times thematicallyheavy, my approach is playful and intuitive. This embedded contradictionreinforces the often-conflicting ideas that inform my practice.

Whether themeaning is easily extracted, remains elusive, or is misinterpreted is lessimportant than the sensory impact of the work. As human beings in thetwenty-first century, we are confronted with many ugly distractions; myultimate goal as an artist is to create beautiful ones.