artist statement

Each of my paintings begins with inspiration from photographs I have taken of dramatic natural elements, from rocks and thistles to vast prairies and powerful mountains. I see wild and colorful ever-changing sunlight, long shadows and filtered drifting haze. They become a collection of images in my mind that blur the line between reality and abstraction. This light is always present in my work with ethereal distortion and expressionistic color.

My paintings suggest the memory of magical natural places that have been deified and revered for centuries, places of visual refuge symbolized with paint on canvas. Creating art that suggests something beyond that which meets the eye is the way I explore the relationships that ancient cultures have forever had with the land. My art is an invitation to explore the spirituality frequently revealed in abstract landscape paintings.