Since the advent of the camera, painters are no longer charged with creating realistic representations of the world around them. The question that remained concerned what was worthy of canvas, of study and of expression. Each artist must make that decision when staring at a blank slate – and must ask -- why create
For me, picking up a brush has never been a means to tell a story or teach a lesson. It merely serves to capture an emotion, ask a question or probe deeper into a mystery.
My paintings often reflect my personal journey – the experiences I have had, the people and places I have admired, and the thoughts that have intrigued me along the way. In essence, my art serves as a journal.
At first, I was drawn to creating studies of dead flowers. I was fascinated by the twisting petals and leaves and the unexpected changes while never really losing their outward beauty. I felt that these subjects captured one’s own fleeting life. From there, I started creating portraits of people, with similar thoughts in mind – looking for a way to show life experience through sorrowful eyes and weathered skin.
My challenge was to create something dynamic – not an image that would be flat or only interesting at first glance. My hope was to intrigue the viewer, to make something that would be multi-faceted. I tried to incorporate this into my painted portraits, to create expressions that could change and ultimately that were more mysterious than the standard for beauty.
After a while, I became more interested in the space surrounding the figure. I painted people who seemed to fade into a background. Later, I eliminated the person and focused only on the space. I have been painting interiors for the past few years and feel that the space in a room provides ample opportunity to experiment with emotion through line, color, texture and shape.
Recently, I have wanted to push my paintings to feel more energetic and more alive, allowing them to become more abstract. I find spaces that I enjoy – places I have visited or the rooms of friends’ houses – and then change them to match a mood or energy. I hope that viewers will feel like they can walk into these painted spaces to think – to react to the colors and the objects they find inside. I invite them to explore their own emotions and responses. It is their own exploration of thought I hope to facilitate through my art – not to force anyone into my own head or heart.
Art is meant to be felt – and paintings should not require an explanation. If my paintings can connect with an another individual, then it is successful.