The world around us is complex and intriguing in its appearance and each one of us brings their experiences, interests, and emotions to bear. I am in love with light. Light creates shadow patterns; it bounces off of one object and splashes color onto another object. It can pass through the delicate spray of an ocean wave, yet reflect off a thin pane of glass. It is what motivates me to create a painting.
I love the versatility of paint as a medium. By thinning the paint down, luminous washes can be created; applied thickly, the color takes the spotlight. Although I often start with a plan, I allow insights along the way to inform my next decision. Sometimes something wonderful and exciting occurs, and more often, there is an unexpected obstacle. Who was it that said, “A painting is a series of problems that need to be solved?” So with each painting, I develop a language with which to translate my view of the world around me.
The world can be a stressful place, and it is my hope that my paintings create an oasis for the viewer that helps them celebrate the good in their life and to connect with a memory or emotion of their own. Each painting I complete is a stepping stone on my path as an artist, and ultimately, it is in that journey that technique as an artist is learned and life as an artist is lived.