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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. 
To “study” something usually entails using our senses and reason to research, 
observe, create theories, and conclude what seems to be the order of things. 
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. I have an ongoing conversation with the work during

the process, and the work determines the outcome. 

The German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, theorized that when we experience an

object, it becomes a ‘thing as it appears to us’ because we “see” it through our 

own tinted perceptions, including that of reason. We can never fully know 
“the thing in itself” because the world is always subjective. Ultimately, we are limited 
by our senses. This distinctly human interpretation of the world is where my art

comes from, as it must, but it is also searching for other possibilities. I am driven 

to ask questions such as, “What about the something which cannot be observed,

but is felt more as intuition? What if those perceptions also point to a possibility

which cannot be proven but is no less possible?” What can we look at in the

present-day and in the past to give us clues about the unknown? I put my theories and wonderings in my paintings.Through regular journaling, sketching, and research, I find inspiration often in the ancient past, discovering wonder in the intricacies and connections of the natural world.  

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 wood, acrylic mediums, pencil, 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.