About My Work and My Creative Process

My work is basically a dialogue with myself, a way to personally assimilate the meanings of my experiences, memories, and imagination.

My art reflects my eclectic interests, both in choice of subjects and in the way I represent these subjects. My influences are landscapes I’ve visited, photographs I’ve taken, books I’ve read, images from television, and often whatever happens to be in front of me.

Certain shapes and configurations speak to me: confused tangles, obstructions that block a wider field of vision, pyramidal shapes, diagonals and intersections. And I’m drawn to decimated terrains, vegetation with complex leaves and roots, and inert objects that seem to have an anthropomorphic presence.

Both my painting/collage work and my photography are important to me, but I experience them very differently. Photography is a means of quickly capturing a fleeting moment that I don’t want to lose – an experience of surprise, mystery, order, chaos, beauty, or awe. On the other hand, paintings and collages are slow and involve hundreds or even thousands of separate experiences that involve not just observation of the subject but visceral interaction with the materials and a dialogue with the work itself as it unfolds.

I paint intuitively. I rarely know ahead of time where a painting or collage will go, and I enjoy the excitement of surprise, but it’s often also accompanied by the anxiety of risk. I put first marks on the canvas or paper, and then try to perceive what the work “next wants.” Each new mark changes the entire work, there are gains and losses. Many days I find myself surrounded by unresolved works, which can be discouraging. But on other days, when I’m suddenly able to enter “the zone” and my hand knows what the painting wants, leaving my head a few steps behind, I’m filled with a feeling of connection and excitement.