ARTIST STATEMENT: I have always been awed and inspired by the mystery and amorality of nature. My paintings deal with carefully selected subjects from my observations, visions, and experiences with the natural world. In the most recent decade, creatures living and dead, have entered into my images. Birds, butterflies, insects, and mammals have become part of the scenes that haunt my thoughts. I investigate the kinship between my envisioned nature and its inhabitants and their physical and spiritual machinations and intrigues. I see the natural world filled with both unconscious and symbolic rituals and phenomena. My paintings are meant to give insight into this often unseen world and a heightened awareness that challenges our assumptions about the world around us. The images in my paintings are surreal, yet firmly based in naturalism. The flora and fauna described in my paintings create a liaison between our natural world and our human world and imply a kinship to the human experience.
I paint with thin oil glazes, directly applied, layer upon layer onto a stretched linen ground. Even though this is a slow and sometimes tedious method, I have found this technique to be a good way to work as it allows me to effectively translate my subjects and physically construct the elements in my paintings, adjusting and building the images, giving veracity to what might otherwise be conceived of as unbelievable content. Oil glazing tends to create a mirror-like surface that can produce a luminous depth and at the same time shows the history of the making in the surface of the painting - a plastic effect that allows a painting to engage the viewer in an abstract and formal way upon close inspection.