My journey as an artist has taken me full circle, back into painting on canvas. After years of creating images with photographs, I’ve found working with textures, organic shapes, and light to be both compelling and challenging. The abstract pieces are constructed intuitively with chance and circumstance guiding the process, sometimes taking on a life of their own. Ultimately, though, my goal is to interpret the natural world around me. My paintings are layers of mixed media, involving acrylic, oil, hand-made stencils, mica powder, gold and silver leaf, sanding and varnishing.
Creating images with photographs remains a passion for me. Today's hybrid techniques and technologies allow me to venture beyond my personal experience and investigate the stories embedded in the photographs of others, stories that marry memory and make-believe. This work is fueled by memories—a room, a familiar face, another era. Sometimes my construct is playful and light; at other times the result is dark, foreboding, and otherworldly. Whatever the mood, my deeply-felt imagery evokes the fanciful dreamscapes or cautionary tales of childhood. A constant in each image is an awareness of "possibilities." Rather than prescribe my own interpretation for a piece, I prefer to challenge the viewer by leaving enough space for his or her personal experience to fuse with the work, thereby offering a truly unique experience—for are we not all storytellers?