When I was a youth in upstate New York, I ritually climbed a 60-70 foot scrub pine in the woods behind our home. Covered in the tree’s sticky honey-colored sap, inhaling the tantalizing scent of evergreen, swaying in the wind in the top bow, I created an imaginary world in which I could dance with the white billowing clouds in the baby blue sky. In one meditative moment, I realized that every thing in nature was connected and all was of equal importance.
Painting gives me the freedom to express issues focusing on the human condition. As an explorer with a multi cultural and disparate academic background, I am drawn to symbolic connections through a trans disciplinary lens. My studio practice is a process of layering and bridging material responding to reoccuring themes and motifs. I am drawn to the juxtaposition of the physical world and the spiritual world and investigate the connection between concrete urban, industrial and rural man-made structures, natural and primordial elements and poetry, religion, philosophy and mythology. Meaning unfolds as bonds with past, present and future are discovered. Building an iconography that links nature and human nature, cultural diversity and biodiversity, spirituality and sustainability blurs the lines between differences and embraces similarities.
As a result, my art aims to lay fertile ground for planting new seeds of thought, growing awareness, and cultivating colorful conversation and controversy about the human condition through cultural and environmental connections.