Artist Statement

My work is composed of exuberantly whimsical abstractions, where color and organic forms prevail. Using every-day observances as an influence, layers of pigment construct layers of meaning. By considering personal moments and interactions of the universal human experience, the spectator is drawn in to a fictitious and heartwarming universe that emerges bit by bit. Works appear as dreamlike images in which past and present merge; nostalgia, sentiment and a sense of utopian harmony often play a role as a means of adding charm to everyday life.   As an artist, I enjoy the exchange between the artwork and the viewer, and I encourage the viewer to make his or her own connections to the work. As such, my works do not reference a specific identifiable form- thereby allowing the imagery to facilitate fluidity in meaning and multifaceted interpretations based on the life experiences of the viewer- be it vintage television sets, aristocratic fruit, or hanging lanterns... Frequently the viewer's own sense of nostalgia comes to light.   Aesthetically, I am influenced by a broad range of styles: the line work of the Ancient Mayans, the bright colors and compositions of Pop Art, the fantasy of Surrealism and our Postmodern Visual Culture.  

A note specific to my more recent portrait works:
Entirely separate from my artwork, I began a family tree research project which I very much enjoyed. One day it occurred to me to merge my newfound interest in ancestry with my on-going portrait series, with the goal of ultimately creating a quirky, upbeat timeline of sorts.  For this current project, I am considering only those ancestors who passed before my own lifetime (ranging from the 1100's up to those born in the early 20th century) as inspiration for the abstract portrait figures. Sometimes I know a smidge about the individual- what he or she did for a living or a war in which they fought, but more often I just have a name and a set of dates. Each figure is researched as to the garb of that particular era when he or she lived. It is with these bits of information (name, culture & traditional costume of the time period) that inspiration is drawn to re-imagine the past. The portraits are hand drawn using color pencil on birch panels. The backgrounds are purposely left untouched to display the natural toned wood grains- a substance which itself transcends history.