Over the years my work has changed to reflect my own continuing growth as an artist. More realistic images have evolved into abstract elements although you are still likely to find birds in many of my works. I found that abstract work allows me to express a wider range of emotions, ones of more complexity and depth. As I begin working, I follow a more intuitive path: what colors, shapes, materials do I feel like starting with. Once the pieces take off, I follow its lead, focusing only on the language of art: shapes, colors, values, and composition.
My paintings most often explore the idea that there are a multiplicity of realities mutually coexisting and that these realities are our shadows and our mirrors – always with us, rarely acknowledged. The works are meant to evoke/provoke different emotional and psychological states – from playful humor to more complex feelings.
Diversity fascinates me. Apparent opposites, apparent contradictions in this world which are never really separate but simply different aspects of the whole remain a steady source of exploration. The paintings often combine non-objective elements with more recognizable images as a way of merging these things perceived of as separate.
All of these differences are simply different clothing for the same body of knowledge. This is how I see and paint the world around me – a world of shifting perspectives, a universe of energy sometimes quiet and reflective, sometimes more active and agitated, each seeking balance within the other. “Expect the unexpected” is my current mantra.