It all started when…
My work reflects the intimacy I share, and have always shared with landscape forms, abstract textures, colour, shape, and light. My sensitivity to these elements and larger arenas of life and nature is translated through the medium of printmaking and painting. In this artistic language I am able to animate my perceptions and explore the transience of time, the character of night and day, and memories of past seasons. The images that ensue are both documents and discoveries, bridged by the fundamental element of process.
The successive stages of my projects can be planned but never fully predicted, as they depend on inner impulses and my interactions with the ever-changing environment.
In this negotiation the dictates of my emotions and thoughts steer the ship, reacting to, but never surrendering to external circumstances. I do what I find important at a given instant, and allow instinct to animate the direction of my work. Art-making is my vocation and inspiration, and I use it as medicine and meditation. Maintaining the rawness of this energy in the slow, deliberate medium of printmaking and painting is a challenge and opportunity. My work seeks to connect these two ends, exploring process to extend and suspend the in-between. I have never practiced philosophical reflection as a prop of my work, but have always
recognized the need to record my process and chart my practice. The memories of every
decision, choice and thought are inscribed on my printing plates, and I seek to share that
dimension with my audience. I will elevate creative activities to the rank of the finished
work, and open the energy of my procedures. Through this revelation, I seek to push my work
beyond the product into a place it can live.
This approach opens itself to contingency and change, which are manifested in the content
and language of my work. Through this process, the domain in which my art circulates has
broadened to include archetypal areas:, entering an imaginary region where I'm able to bridge
my thoughts and emotions with others through shared channels of the universal. Poised
between emotions and formal questions, my creative world moves between a vibrant human
cosmos and an abstract domain of forms and shapes.
I am very passionate about my art: all I create starts with intense feelings, and I seek to awaken
equally passionate responses in my audiences. And while most of my art has involved pigment
on canvas, I have always been fascinated with living, growing, natural world.
It was my grandparents' orchards, and the people who tended them, that opened my eyes to
the creative potential, aesthetic qualities, and the utility of nature.
Frightened by visions of cities paved with asphalt and carpeted with chemically-fed grass,
I find refuge, inspiration and courage among the living plants of my garden.
All of my “green” projects are inspired by the feelings of caring about all living things, by the
idea that human and natural environments can harmoniously coexist, and a strong conviction
that such co-existence will enrich both spiritual and aesthetic dimensions of human life. In the
age of synthetic trees and carbon credits, it is extremely important to remind ourselves that we
have evolved in the midst of nature and that nature is an inerasable part of us.