Statement

As a painter I am strongly influenced by my surroundings and images that accumulate as I work.  In the early stages of the work, initial images spark the process of painting. During the making of the work there is a constant shifting between building and re-building within the framework of memory, allowing for new territory to be explored. Using suggestion to build the image allows me to reinvent, to magnify, dissolve, or make it disappear while I am painting. I often let the painting linger between movement and stillness, and this is captured in the final product. I am also mindful of contradictions, which I find interesting—the dualities that are in constant flux, the oppositions and harmonies within the human condition. There exists a dichotomy between the inner emotional condition and the psychological unease with the environment depicted in the paintings.

I make paintings because it allows me to communicate and create in visual form the things that I think about, things that bother me, move me and that I find mystifying.  I paint from the perspective of a mother, a wife, an instructor, a mentor and an artist.  I find that painting is a cathartic experience and challenging as well.  In my work I want to bring balance to the paintings and often let the paint speak for itself without over controlling the outcome, this is why I often embrace the awkwardness and clumsiness of paint and try to showcase it in the best way I can.  Paint, the medium itself and my experience with painting informs the work as well, I have often created works that speak of the state of painting and the “death” of it, my relationship with painting and how it has in some way consumed me and is so part of my life. 

I often speak of the devolution in nature and the fragility of human beings and the reality of the subconscious state, while exploring the relationships between the physical and the spiritual.  In my work I often bring forth feelings of foreboding in our existence, our memories and in living.   While evoking an inconsistency of emotions, my paintings often linger in between a place of darkness and playfulness, with the ability to affect and give sensations.