|The ecstasy of seeing compels me to work from life. Trees, sticks, skies and houses comprise much of the imagery in my work. Familiar objects that surround me in the natural world hold my interest. These objects are simple, but also provide potent metaphors which can communicate deeper realities: life, death, growth, and the passage of time. Dichotomies are an ever present aspect of my work. For example, a stick lying on the ground is a seemingly static object. At the same time it can suggest something that has been broken, fractured, or abandoned. These subtly opposing concepts in my work provide a quiet tension. My desire is that this quiet tension can hold the viewer’s interest and that the viewer is able to acknowledge and appreciate the simplicities and complexities coexistent in the work as well as in life.
Rendering with pencil strikes me as the most pure and distilled medium for expression. While graphite and traditional drawing media are always central, I also use a variety of printmaking techniques. Again, there is a quiet tension between the raw and immediate mark of the pencil and the controlled and deliberate technique of the printmaker. Paper is integral to the image itself, not simply the surface which holds the image. The paper and the marks on the paper synthesize, yielding a single seamless result. I use varieties of papers to achieve different tones and textures, often making my own paper in order to provide a perfect fit with the image. My visual life is very active and I am constantly collecting and gathering imagery.
Very Large Home
Graphite, paper inclusions, transfers
20” x 30”