Painting is magic, an old professor of mine told me once. It can be the place of hopes and dreams, a place to explore the unknown. It can be a place to learn about the world. Those words rang true to me and I try to keep those words present in my work. I want to look beyond the surface of things and see what ties everything together. Can we bring our dreams into a working reality? Can paintings give us a sense of hope or a sense of the wonder we experience when all things are new? My work focuses on breaking away from a habituated viewing of what is around us and looks for the small details that enrich life. What is it about a path that draws us in? How can we look at a cloud and see something more? How do we move about in the natural world and feel its proximity?
People have used the natural world as shelter, as food, as a connection to the spirit. I use this subject matter in my paintings as a place that allows me to explore the differences between my experience, intuition, wishes and concerns. I want it to be the place where I leave generic thinking. I can paint a rock, but the rock can bring more meaning into a work if it is a rock that was collected by a friend in Patagonia or perhaps was a rock collected in my own backyard. In order to paint the rock I need to observe it carefully. How does the light play against its surface? Was the rock created by temperature so high that it became like glass? When I use a plant in the painting I think about how it grew. Where did it come from; how may it have been used in the past or how may we use it in the future? The paintings stem from this natural growth process of creating meaning.