Artist Statement

 

Contemporary culture, with all its foibles and triumphs, provides the foundation for my examination, critique, documentation, and celebration of life.  My work is driven by optimism for what we can be, juxtaposed with the ideas and events that shape our lives.   

 

Through my art, I connect personal experiences to the underlying beliefs and values driving our culture.  I look at the emotional significance, as well as defining concepts, then translate them into a visual commentary through material, media and methods. I am interested in metaphorically representing human emotions and present-day issues— both literally and conceptually.  

 

I am meticulous about my materials and carefully consider all aspects of the elements that comprise my artworks. Nothing is arbitrary or left to chance. Every choice from gesture to texture to genre is driven by its inherent meaning; visual, historical and conceptual significance; and contribution to the message of each piece.