Artist's Statement

My mixed media work explores and creates connections between objects and images, focusing on actual and imagined links between place, past and present. Using traditional and innovative techniques in my painting, I juxtapose oils and wax on wood or canvas surfaces 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 figure or image requires chance encounters as well as aesthetic deliberation. Objects sometimes offer me the means to complete a painting 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 and color, 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.