Artist Statement Submitted 2017My paintings are informed by an interest in documentation of place, before rural and remote areas are lost to urban development. I want to transpose a highly visceral involvement with nature and color into work that can be offered as a universal visual experience. How does place speak to us - and how do I as the painter communicate this deep and fragile bond?
I paint what is in close proximity; my backyard and immediate environs. Development has finally hit my neighborhood in full force, but I continue to be surprised that the paintings from the abrupt change in landscape are some of my strongest. There is humor and pathos imbued in some of these works; a particular Southern vernacular exists that is a reminder, overtly or subliminally, of the importance of nature in our everyday lives.
The light is for now, the one constant that I can depend on.