I am inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world, making reference to the landscape around us, and also an emotional landscape within. I am interested in using gestural marks and color relationships to express a mood or feeling. I want to create a calming visual space that also has elements of energy and contrast. For me, this is a way to stay balanced.
My artistic lineage comes from Abstract Expressionism, especially its focus on conveying emotion with bold, spontaneous marks. I also relate to the softness of Impressionism, with lyrical landscapes full of color and light. I combine these things through my own visual vocabulary and give the work a contemporary context. My paintings are predominantly acrylic paint with additional drawing materials like charcoal and pigment crayon. As I paint intuitively, some elements get covered over while others are pulled forward, and the finished painting contains a rich, layered history.