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art, paintings, mixed media, animals, nature, spiritual, artist, New England, painter

artist statement

 I create art because doing so allows me to frequent the space

between scientific exploration and matters of the heart. These two

realms seem juxtaposed, but I find that their crossover is so

common that I believe they are one and the same. My artistic

process is much like the scientific method,  entailing careful

observation, consideration of perspective, hypothesizing, and

then trying things out visually as a sort of experiment. Through

regular journaling, notes, and sketches, I find inspiration in my own

curiosity, discovering wonder in the intricacies and connections of

the natural world.  My thoughts connect together like the pieces of

a puzzle to become a larger idea that I intuitively feel is important

for me to portray.  I place these experiences, thoughts, metaphors,

and symbolic visuals into my compositions, narrating a story. 

I find these multiple connections are frequently part of a larger picture,

branching out as one path leads to another and another, chronicling

abundant tales. Most often, drawn to the alluring and beautiful subject of

animals whom I refer to as “fairies”, I have found that their spirits represent for me poignant lessons about what it means to be human.

I use the beauty of textured materials, including oil paint, acrylic mediums, wax, and collaged paper to add depth and to reflect the layered meanings within my work. When various mediums come together in the compositions, they compliment and enhance each other organically. Color is the muse, and I choose the hues viscerally. Often I will layer paper with paint and acrylic mediums, then use charcoal, ink, and oil pastel to draw or etch into the surface. The layers become reminiscent of ghostly histories, spiritual energy, and primitive, yet powerful narratives of my psyche.