Artist Statement

The central themes of my artwork involve studies of place, portraits of individuals, and the mundane accoutrements of people’s everyday lives.  To assemble the paintings or drawings multiple sources are used, ranging from observation, photographs, and recollections of a time and place.

I research the subject’s history and meaning in order to appreciate its beauty as well as function.  When subjects are taken out of their element and presented as a painting and in quantity, they tell their story of culture, daily rituals, and make for an even more interesting idea, bigger than the objects themselves.  Objects like a take away container or a snail can offer the viewer more than their purpose. They can offer a story. What does it contain? Where does it come from? Why does it exist? Where is it going? In it can contain a celebration or a struggle. I like that each viewer has his or her own perspective to these common objects presented.