My response to places and events motivates me to re-imagine them in poignant images. The riverside environment where I work often provides inspiration. I also re-imagine traditional themes, like a jazz musician playing standards.
I use sketches and drawings to develop themes. The final image in a painting is discovered during the process of its construction. Using pencil, ink and watercolor on rice paper fragments, I build a vocabulary of marks and shapes. These fragments are then used to create larger compositions. The collaged parts form a structure for the painting. Either casein or oil paint is used to create the final painting. I value intuition, improvisation and accidental discovery throughout this process.
The images in my paintings are meant to evoke emotions and memory. They provide the structure for stories that are completed by the viewer’s own associations.