Artist Statement

Artist Statement

Having been a child that always played outdoors, it seems only fitting that as an artist I most enjoy depicting the natural world.

Specifically, I am most interested in the brilliant colors and organic shapes of botanicals. I prefer to depict a wild explosion of blossoms with no apparent source. I paint with large strokes as well as traditional and nontraditional materials -- including spray paint, pastel crayons and drippy paint (oil or acrylic) -- to convey my love for color and movement. While working on a canvas, I dance between painting with precision and painting with wild abandon, as I don’t want a commitment to a particular flower or image to compromise the sensations of wildness, color and wonder.

I identify with the impressionist painters of the 20th century as well as modern abstract expressionists. Being a departure from pure representation, my work illustrates this influence. In my visual language, the flowers, colors and brushstrokes are symbolic of a mood, feeling or memory. I insist on painting things that move me or make me feel happy. I feel the best use of my voice in painting is to communicate something positive. Ultimately, I hope my paintings are energizing and uplifting for others as well.