For me, painting is an exploration. Whether I’m painting an abstraction or en plein air, painting is solving a puzzle. I make a mark and it creates a problem that will need to be solved with the next mark. The next mark creates a new problem. And so I work until I can find no more problems to solve.
My subject matter relates to nature and my love of making marks. I’ve always been fascinated by the lines that occur in the environment—the crisscross of branches, the curl of a dead leaf, the lines in a spider’s web. I collect natural objects and treasure them more than gems. I bring home nests, feathers, stones and bones. I like being outdoors and painting the landscape, the sky and the clouds. My observations while painting in nature, and the treasures I collect are the jumping off point for my abstract art.
Working from nature reminds me this place is one organism, everything connected. I paint as a way of honoring the organism and the natural beauty around me.