Artist Statement
Many ideas and images pass through my mind as I paint. The passage of time and aging, the accumulation of memories. The symbolic and visual aspects of natural processes--stratification, collapse, compression. The ephemeral marks people leave behind. Traces of handwriting, doodles, graffiti. And of course, landscape. The texture of lichen on a rock or a patch of weeds. The colors in sand, stone, and rusted metal. Old walls of buildings and eroded paths. Images like these feed the degree of complexity I constantly seek in my work - they influence my choices of color, texture and format.

Painting satisfies a basic need. It connects with my inner self and with other people, and I cannot imagine life without it. After painting professionally for over 25 years, the development of my personal abstract iconography still compels me to confront the endless challenges of my process. I work with a balance of spontaneity and careful editing. Multiple layers of paint are selectively scratched, eroded and dissolved, an approach that reflects the natural processes that inspire me. My aim is to achieve a structural integrity through quiet energy and nuanced surfaces.