Artist's Statement

The way some people get a boost of energy from a cup of coffee, I get my rush from making art.

If it's true that all art is self-portrait, then when you look at my work you will see intense fascination with life and the wonder of it. I find line, color, shape and texture are ways to touch and interact with both nature and people.

As a child I drew and painted constantly. I tried to turn everything into art...including the walls of our home. Fortunately for me, my parents were extraordinarily forgiving and supportive.

Most of my models have been from the natural world. My father taught me the importance of closely observing, then to carve in soap and, later on, in wood.

I try to communicate the experience of closely examining plants and wildlife. As beautiful as the visual world is, I'm absorbed by the inner workings of a subject. I want to reveal subtleties of structure like the light on a leaf that tells you whether it's slightly fuzzy or smooth, that a petal has ribs, or the muscle structure of a squirrel under its lovely coat of fur.

For me, it's about finding the mechanics behind the beauty, and expressing the whole through color, value, shadow and light, applying paint in very thin layers to build up volume in the subject.

I need a repertoire of ways to create. I believe there is infinite potential for expression possible through mastery of media. I have a technician's love of new mediums and new tools. Like an intriguing wink, it's easy for me to be caught up by yet another way to realize with my hands an image that previously existed only in my head.

"I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it."  ~Pablo Picasso

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