My current paintings continue with my interest in the use of overlap, surface texture and collage. In my most recent work I explore the tradition of botanical and floral still life painting. I have reinterpreted the way botanical imagery has usually been depicted and instead introduce collaged pages from history books from various cultures, erotica from the Kama Sutra, letters, journals, encyclopedias, old children’s books and vintage wall paper.
My work also makes references to the idea of traveling and the act of moving not only from one place to another but also from one time period to another. I am intrigued with the past and the associations that can be made with aged surfaces and vintage ephemera. The paintings refer to the idea of traveling as a metaphor for multiple kinds of passages; literally, symbolically and culturally. I am interested in both the idea of physically moving from one place to another and the idea of moving through memories and associations from one time period to another.
The use of overlap and collage in my paintings is directly related to the images I depict. I use the collage material to guide me to the iconography that will become the focus of the painting. I am interested in the contrasts that are set up between the collaged surfaces and the painted surfaces as well as the play between the actual shallow space and the implied deep space. I am always striving for a close material and conceptual relationship between the painted and collaged surfaces of my paintings.
I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from the Ohio State University and my Masters of Fine Arts from The San Francisco Art Institute. I currently live in Seattle Washington and have been a working professional artist for twenty years. I am represented by galleries across the United States and my work is in private and public collections internationally.