Artist Statement

Artist Statement:

“I am currently exploring subject matter that exemplifies both beauty and irony. Exaggerated scale and unexpected recurring surface textures unify the body of work, while adding another visual element and inviting the viewer to question the painting process.  I begin each painting by layering paints and plasters in a way that is meant to indicate age through replication of a time worn surface such as deteriorating stone or weathered metal. I am presently drawn to subject matter that has a sense of irony,  such as a decaying statue of an angel, an ornate and patinated gate, or a bird nest with eggs, all of which are used to support and nurture life, yet have a decidedly delicate composition.  Additionally, birds are a consistent theme for me because of their decorative nature and symbolism. They have been a source of inspiration to artists for centuries and have been used to represent a variety of ideas such as freedom, resurrection, and beauty.

My hope is that people are not only captivated and delighted by the images in my work, but are also moved to question the meaning or purpose of the subject matter; thereby opening the door to some thought provoking concepts that will be personal and unique to each viewer.”

Nests

“A bird’s nest and the eggs found within it are both extremely fragile, yet they are strong enough to support and house precious new life.  The contrast of smooth, shiny, and delicate eggs and the tangled grisly, muddy appearance of the nest provides a compelling and visually exciting subject matter. Although they are commonplace, each individual nest is unique. The delicate, yet sturdy condition of the eggs is also true of the nest that holds, protects, and nurtures them. On a basic level, people respond to the idea of a nest because it represents life, home, nature, and family . My paintings are meant to symbolize these concepts and their fragile yet secure composition.”

Birds

“Birds represent the epitome of freedom and beauty to me. They are delicate, yet powerful in that they have the power to pick up and fly wherever they want whenever they choose. They seemingly have nothing, yet they have everything they need. Their wings are complex, yet so fragile. People are drawn to birds for many reasons; simply put they delight and appeal to us because they exemplify so many things that we need and desire.”

Iron gates:

“We use iron gates to fortify our surroundings and keep us free from harm. Visually, they are beautiful, which is contradictory to their purpose of keeping others out. One might be invited by the curving lines, swirling patterns and rich materials used on a gate, but their purpose contradicts their appearance. The interesting thing to me is the beautiful and ornate quality of a gate like the ones I choose to paint. We need them to be beautiful so as not to offend, which is also an ironic concept.”