My work explores social, environmental, and personal themes, and starts from a sense that the world is inexhaustibly interesting. I combine perception and other visual sources with memory, imagination, and narrative, and I work back and forth between drawing, painting, printmaking, and writing. I find that an interdisciplinary practice sharpens my vision, illuminates unexpected facets of subjects, and generates new approaches and ideas.
I begin most projects with perceptual drawing and painting. I complete some works entirely onsite, often over many sessions. As I work at specific locations over time, visual scenes conflate with historical, social, political, environmental, and personal concerns, so that the final works are as metaphorical as they are representational. Observation is a consistent spur to my curiosity and imagination, whether working onsite or in the studio. In the studio, I further explore perceptual images, dismantling and reassembling them through variations of media, scale, emphasis, light, and color, and infusing them with further associations and invention.
One of my current projects is a graphic memoir combining paintings, drawings, prints, and writing; a chapter of this has been published in Rosebud magazine.
I believe that all art is fundamentally communicative and exists on a continuum. Along with my creative work, teaching puts me into close contact with those essential aspects, as does writing about the work of other artists.