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Artist Statement

 

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by the movements of plants that I observe in my garden going through their life cycles. I collect samples of these plants and use them as sources in my paintings. I often use cast shadows of dried plant forms or apply paint directly to their living surfaces, imprinting them into my paintings. The movements I have observed in these plants forms such as radiating, spiraling, exploding, falling, opening and closing are all reflected upon as natural and symbolic states in my work.

Through the traditional methods of oil painting building layer upon layer of color, texture and transparency, I “grow” these transformational forms suggesting individual moments in the natural life cycle of living forms as well as reflecting upon the impermanent nature of the world that we all live in. My first impression of what painting could be, came to me many years ago while reading a Haiku written by Basho. That poetic impulse has remained with me and has continued to sustain my painting practice.