ARTIST STATEMENT: Very early on, I got interested in the meta-themes of life. Why are we here? How do we create meaning and purpose? What is suffering about? I grew up in the suburbs of a typical American town. All manner of trauma happened in my house and in neighbors' homes, beneath the prettified veneer of suburban life. So you see that contradiction reflected in a lot of my work.
Society now moves at such a fast pace and demands that our attention be outward in focus. Time without external stimulation starts to feel threatening, as we attend less and less to our internal well being. There is a price for avoiding ourselves. Unclaimed, our shadowy aspects get projected outward onto the "other." This is the theme of my series of paintings, Sin Eaters, which explores who or what volunteers or is volunteered to absorb or reflect these disowned aspects, and this shadowy side is also addressed in my series, Dark Matters.
I strive for a dynamic tension between form and content in my work. I appreciate seeing evidence of the artist's physicality, their unique fingerprint, as evidenced in brush-stroke and mark making. Paint is kin to skin, viscera, blood, mineral, plant and stardust.