Artist Statement Submitted 2019I paint people in oil and watercolor and look inside of what appears to be seen. The common thread and guide in my work is humanity. Therefore, unlike the lens of a camera that objectively documents a moment in time and space, my lens subjectively observes. My untraditional, realistic narratives converge the real and imagined to examine the status quo and social norms of modern life. I want to invite viewers to look and consider the psychological, sociological, or emotional complexities of race, gender, age, and culture.
I attribute my style to the hundreds of young children I knew in my 30 years as a teacher. The daily interactions with the children and most importantly, the moment-by-moment immersion into their concrete thinking rests on my canvases via simplistic lines, shapes, values, and textures in vivid colors.