Artist Statement

Inspiration is everywhere for me such as  the social/political climate, literature, myths, personal experiences and art history.  Animals are significant in my paintings.  I use them metaphorically and I consider other objects for their symbolic meaning. My work  has multiple layers of meanings I am consciously aware of as I paint.

The figure often from my imagination are self portraits at least in spirit and each painting express an idea of importance to me.  The pensive, reflective facial expressions on many of my figures is a more accurate reflection of my inner feelings than perhaps a self portrait from life would be.

Man and nature are inextricably linked. Whether or not we encounter or think about animals or nature in our modern daily lives the relationship has always existed and persists today. Perhaps it is more crucial today because humans dominate the globe and their future is up to us.