At an essential level, my work examines the relationship between human perception and experience. Flow, movement, and the passage of time are ever-present, no matter the media used. The source material and subjects vary, manifesting in both abstract and more literal forms, but are always biologically based. Natural processes and forms such as insects, metamorphosis, the flight and migration of birds, venation patterns on wings, the flow of water and the natural movement of land through the passage of time, all provide aesthetic inspiration and metaphorical meaning. I try to absorb my surroundings as Romare Bearden described, “like a whale with it’s mouth open,” inhaling everything in my path, using art-making as a way to process life experience.
Making art shifts my perceptions of the everyday, allowing me to experience my environment differently. Collections of colors, textures, places, and feelings become aesthetically fused in a fluid process. My aim is not to reproduce nature, but to find alternative ways to perceive my experience of it. In re-imagining my environment, I shed and adjust, digging deeper in the everyday with new eyes, clarity, and open possibility.