Narrative paintings tackling the vague and mysterious memories, emotions, and omissions of childhood.
I have felt a great deal of comfort straddling the worlds of representational work and abstraction. However, I gravitate towards abstraction that focuses on retaining a narrative, but not from a contrived space. Each painting starts out with a line and builds from there. The story unfolds as the picture takes shape and it gets blocked it in like a piece of fine stained glass.
Growing up in Chester County, Pennsylvania has an impact, visually, on everyone. We have such beautiful landscape and farm country. Our farmland has diminished drastically over the past 30-40 years, but what remains is as authentic and endearing as ever. I love the animals, the color, the light, and all things that emit from these locations and I paint them because I love them…not for a professional purpose.
The beauty of still life for any artist is the utility it provides in working new technique, a diversion, and something akin to “comfort food”. I’ll admit, I love seeing mundane objects from my home or studio on canvas or paper.