Visual Artist

Artist Statement

I believe that there is a sacred depth to the ordinary things we encounter in mundane daily life. One can perceive areas of energy lurking, waiting around corners and under shadows. These things are not obvious. In order to see them, one has to go looking. If found and seen, these moments have the power to catch at our breath and take it away. I wish to capture these sorts of experiences in my paintings. In order to do this, I have been investigating my world more often and have enjoyed using photography as part of my process. My emphasis is figure and the human form.  I want to offer the viewer a different perspective; an unusual perspective as it pertains to the ordinary.  I want my art to aid the viewer in being able to see the beautiful in those commonplace moments, from a different angle or in a different light, so as to bring dynamism to my work and its perspective.

I want to create snapshots in time of ephemeral, astonishing moments that become a centrifugal force in such a way that there is a narrative or history leading up to this point of emphasis and away from it, causing this moment in time to be the climax of something beautiful. If my work can suggest this in a subtle way, then I have succeeded.

As a painter, I perceive that there are many relationships active in a good piece of work, such as light and dark, smooth and rough, colorful and dull, space and illusion of space, abstract and concrete. These relationships exist to portray contrasts and diversity, without which, artwork would be boring and flat. This could be said of life as well. And it is in these relationships perhaps, that we find those transitory, beautiful spaces in which the dichotomy of contentious opposites are found flourishing peacefully, inhabiting a minute corner of the world for a transient instant.