My abstract paintings often are inspired by the complexities of relationships, nature, and current events. I use geometric shapes to metaphorically create boundaries around issues. Lines can represent varied components of the issues and ways to traverse or inhabit those boundaries. Boundaries and lines vary from precise to gestural, pristine to jagged, thin to wide, and straight to misshapen, each intended to collaborate in a composition with colors and other marks to express a distinct feeling or message. At times, colors and their values emanate from the subject of the composition. Textures, layers, and excavation also are integral to my work, expressing visually my multi-dimensional, nuanced, and evolving approach to experiencing and reconciling challenges, conflicts, and change.
Whether or not my inspiration or intended message is apparent, it is viewers who decide how any work of art impacts them. An abstract painting can be experienced without preconceived opinions about what it should be. If the art touches viewers’ hearts, moves them to smile, brings them a feeling of peacefulness, helps them see the beauty in the world, conveys a meaningful message or otherwise transports or affects them in a significant way, then they will have experienced it fully in their own unique way.
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."