Artist's StatementMuch of my work explores the line, color, and texture that occur in the natural world. The forms we see and their proportions speak to us in a mathematical language which appeals on a primitive, instinctual level as much as on a more sophisticated cognitive one. A realistic depiction allows the artist to let the subject matter speak for itself. It also reminds the viewer to notice natural beauty everywhere one looks. All the works on this site explore the order imposed by life on the material world and its inevitable disintegration over time.
delicate patterns of cracks in the sidewalk were the inspiration
for the series Terra Nova. The paintings are life-sized
pictures of portions of sidewalk. In the cracks in the concrete and
the holes in the dead leaves we see moments in the process of decay.
Decay is the essential process in transforming dead matter into new
life. This gap is perhaps the greatest and least understood of all.
The natural process of entropy is seen in once living matter and
in inorganic concrete, emphasizing their entanglement. The synthetic
order shaped by human hands is also digested by time into raw material.
Threadbare as a series of paintings to explore the intrinsic
qualities of the medium. Rather than concentrate on the qualities
as others have done, I chose to focus this theme on the qualities
of the linen canvas.
paintings Beech, Boston Common and Birch, Arnold Arboretum show
details of trees enlarged to four square feet. In this macroscopic
view of the tree's anatomy can be seen splits in the bark and elephantine
folds where roots and branches come together. Also prominent are
several knot holes and large grooves where major portions of the
tree were once lost. These different kinds of crevices are a living
record of the growth process. What were once ugly wounds have now
become graceful formations of healthy tissue, demonstrating life's
miraculous ability to heal itself, and to transform trauma into beauty.
The series of drawings depicts plants which have died at the zenith of the life cycle. The dessicated remains of their reproductive bodies are vividly drawn in pencil just as they have been allowed to wither on the stem, with life’s promise of renewal forever unfulfilled.