Artist Statement

I find inspiration everywhere such as  the social/political climate, literature, personal experiences and art history.   Stylistically my paintings are influenced by  primitive art, surrealism, pop, medieval art and other period styles, methods of working and contemporary artists.  I use animals mostly as metaphors and there is a degree of symbolism in the objects I consider in my paintings. My work  has multiple layers of meanings I am consciously aware of as I paint.

The figure is often a fabrication but they are all 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 comes out of a searching inside myself. I think of it as a more accurate reflection of my inner feelings than a self portrait from life would be.

I present people and animals together because we are inextricably linked to the natural world. Whether or not we encounter or think about animals or nature in our modern daily lives the relationship existed back as far as our prehuman ancestors. This relationship has impacted our genes and through them who we are today.  In our relationship in the world we are both prey and predator. We need the natural world to survive and yet it is out to destroy us so we must also conquer it to live. Many of our myths speak to this chaos and order.