Artist Statement

My paintings and drawings depict distorted or abstracted objects or cartoonish figures in suggested conversations between the things being observed and the observer.  The figures, literal or implied, like myself, are witnessing and being impacted by what they see.  I am captivated by the nonsensical yet compelling dance between the formal visual language and the psychological language of felt experience.  I wade through the daily barrage of visual stimuli and try to hold onto those morsels that pop out and suggest meaning.  By capturing these "snapshots" in paint or ink, I am able to explore the slower process of introspection that finds meaning in this longer term exposure.  The process of painting, as well as the finished product itself, becomes a sort of "slowed time experience" with room for contemplation.  The tone ranges from playful to melancholic.