My work examines layers, transparent and opaque as a metaphor for what is the human condition. What is hidden is sometimes more revealing than what is seen. It is this paradox that interests me, the interplay of where we have come from and where we can be found now.
A recurring theme is the idea of compartments and compartmentalizing our lives, literally and figuratively. My work is informed by society's teachings, how to separate our selves, from our work, our heritage, our family, each other. We compartmentalize in the face of trauma in order to cope, and in the face of joy to celebrate and hold on to that positive space. We deal with compartments as we deal with labels, as a way to view this contemporary life.
My method primarily involves the layering and layering of color, then breaking through to discover what is beneath. Often the result grows organically, however the idea is usually well thought out. My subjects can be a simple yet complex emotion, a memory, a figure or a landscape. I strive to achieve a work that is compelling, meditative, insightful and also illicits thought. I am successful when I can achieve painterly beauty.
Recently, my work has taken me to encaustics. The surfaces are seductive and I continue to work with my layering. This work has a direct connection and is process driven from the preparation of the materials (molten beeswax and pigment) to the use of the torch to fuse one layer of the painting to the one below. Collage is also wonderful using this medium.
I am influenced most by artists with a brave heart.