Artist's Statement

In my artisitc practice, I create connections between objects, images and materials to explore a wide rqnge of personal and political themes. Using traditional and innovative techniques, I juxtapose paint and objects with found remnants. These artifacts of personal histories are essential to my artistic process and often come together in unexpected ways.  My process of creating each image requires chance encounters as well as aesthetic deliberation. Objects sometimes offer me the means to complete a piece that feels unfinished. In such cases, my collection of materials serves as a visual inventory of possibilities that enables me to continue my work. Other times, an object’s shape, color or composition suggests the beginning of an image. I delight in using things that someone else had found useless or without value.
The act of applying paint, combining materials or the putting together of paper in a collage—this physical crafting of an image—is a core part of my work. I find inspiration in the process itself. The surprising associations in my work are my way of creating a richer work with multiple layers of meaning.