Artist Statement

I am addicted to the creative act. Nowhere else do I find the daily excitement of small victories, flashes of inspiration, or the exhilaration of a successful execution. For me, painting is a working meditation, providing balance and a satisfaction of spirit. When I paint, I see the world with broader interest, curiosity, and a wonder that sharpens my senses. 

What I paint is less important than how I paint. I am drawn to bold images, strong colors, and light and shadow, whether in landscapes, portraits, or bodies in motion.  I paint from my own and discovered photographs, often combining images, creating juxtapositions, ironies, and whimsy. I draw inspiration from what I observe, as well as post-modernism, surrealism, and magical thinking. Within reason, I like drama generated by capturing light and shadow.

I am fascinated by the exploration of and appreciation for different cultures, varying concepts of beauty, and the myriad ways of self-expression. There are many ways to lead a meaningful life, express yourself, and find happiness. I’ve learned that the pursuit of truth and an understanding of reality rests on an ability to empathize and appreciate differing viewpoints. All of this informs the subject matter of my art.  My work is ever changing as I absorb other perspectives, explore, and experiment.

My aim is to make you stop, look, think, and look again. Some works tell a story, while others may beg a question. The goal is to make a connection and spark new perspectives.

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