Artist Statement 2018:
I pursue painting as a multidisciplinary thinker and creator. My philosophical conclusions indicate that the function of art, and particularly of painting, lies in its power to evoke the imagination, communicate emotion and act as a decorative element in our living spaces.
Much of my work is compelled by my daemon, or inner muse. That is to say that I paint to fulfill the dynamic manifestations of my deepest self. This often takes the guise of archetypal motifs, mixed with personal elements. The process of painting acts as a meditation on thematic, developing material.
My interest in the decorative aspect of painting is specifically inspired by the aesthetic approach of Paul Gauguin, as well as the Les Nabis painters of the 1890s, including Pierre Bonnard. Further, my interest in the aesthetics of early modernism, especially Henri Matisse, emphasize a sensitivity to color. All of these influences inform and define my formal presentations.It is within these boundaries that I tend to work.
Much in the way that I live life, I create paintings. My art always involves a dialogue with the personal and collective unconscious. I tend to weave together the contents of my journal, with mythological material. Thus, I am in conversation with both the modern and ancient worlds. From the relatively minute slice of time that I personally inhabit, to the imagistic vicissitudes remaining along the route of humanity’s cultural trajectory, I am committed to studying, looking closely and continuing the perennial tradition of producing image.