Artist's Statement

When I make art it’s about getting to know myself and the environment in a very intimate way. It means digging in, participating with paint, water, brushes, canvas, and paper in a messy, physical manner. I love engaging with these elements of the sense world and using them to shape images that reflect an emotional response. I often pace back and forth when I'm painting. I notice the joy of movement that accompanies me in these creative moments. For me it is an opportunity to navigate the inaccessible regions that test my tolerance for confusion, uncertainty and ambiguity.

I mostly paint from memory and use reference photos I take on my phone as a starting place. Photos serve as a reminder and are soon put aside as I begin a dialogue with the marks I make and the feelings they evoke. It is a ceaseless source of wonder and surprise that keeps me coming back to my studio for another adventure.

SOPA Art Space - Santa Cruz, California

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