Truth reveals itself through the cycles of life/death/rebirth and the ephemeral nature of all living things. I have something to say to the world. Painting is how I say it. My process is intuitive, my forms and lines are organic, my surfaces deeply textured as if hiding a mystery. I strive for a tactile quality and a sense of something beneath the surface. Using the natural world as my metaphor, I reflect on the paradox of constancy/change, static/shifting ground, and the unrelenting passage of time.
I am deeply concerned for the health of our planet and our role in maintaining its sustainability. Our responsibility as stewards of the planet is formidable and we cannot afford to turn our eyes away from the vanishing species, the bleached reefs in our oceans, the microplastics in our oceans, and the collapse of our bee population. While my works are rarely in your face with political positions, they are certainly lamentations on the environmental crises facing our generation and generations to come.
The Earth prompts me to examine the space between the physical world and the inner world. Inspired by our greatest teacher, the natural world, and its unabashed directness, the truth of this series, Life Cycles, reveals itself through the cycles of life/death/rebirth and the ephemeral nature of all living things. The series is informed by the Japanese aesthetic mono no aware, a philosophy that urges the serene acceptance of a transient world. The awareness of the fleeting presence of all things can only heighten our appreciation of their beauty.
If sun and shadow live in harmony, and we are present to that harmony, then we will live connected to everyone and everything. We live with three simple realities: nothing lasts; nothing is finished; nothing is perfect. “The leaf that has left the tree is more beautiful than the leaf that remains on the tree.” This Japanese wisdom both reveres and honors the beauty and dignity of the aging process, in nature and in humans. It is this wisdom that I choose to share in my works.
Using paint sticks, encaustic, metal leaf, and disparate materials on various substrates, I seek to challenge viewers to note that space where two worlds meet—outer and inner. My process is intuitive, allowing the materials to lead the way. My forms and lines are organic, my surfaces deeply textured as if hiding a mystery. Layer upon layer, I strive for a tactile quality and a sense of something beneath the surface.
These current works are part of an ongoing series that uses the natural world as its metaphor, reflecting the paradox of constancy/change, static/shifting ground, and the unrelenting message of the passage of time.