My artwork is the result of lots of gathering. I take textures and geometry from nature, then reinvent and dissolve them. I find images in dreams and archetypal mythology. I study plants, colors, and patterns of human movement. I rely on synesthesia and I allow myself a free hand with the exploration of images. A lot of my work is just intuitive. For me making art is making an offering to something larger than myself, an offering to collective human experience or a homage to the mystical and spiritual aspects of everyday life.
I’m inspired by the concepts of micro and macro as they relate to nature and to human consciousness. My work often visually documents the movement of a tiny speck as it grows into a field of pattern. Repetition pulses through the composition then changes into something new. Matter is balanced with nothingness. Looming shapes blossom from clouds, and ferocious (or are they playful?) animals make appearances. Dreams fascinate me, as does Jungian psychology and the concept of a collective unconscious. I’ve always had an active, vivid dream life, and images from dreams often find their way into my work. Through art, I seek to strengthen the links between different realities.
I primarily use ink and gouache on large pieces of paper. Gouache has a seductive purity of pigment, and the precision of ink balances bold colors. Most of my paintings are fairly large – up to three feet by four feet. Working on this scale allows me to create a sense of atmosphere. On closer examination, however, my work is full of tiny detailed patterns that merge and shift and change.
The art I’ve made in the last few years is charged with emotion. It documents the almost alchemical process of personal growth, change and rebirth.