At heart, I’m a sculptor – (that would rather paint).
Using oil paint on wood panels, I invent sculptures and place them together in settings – where they can breathe and interact.
As stories emerge, I think of new objects to add to the mix,
my process is a dialog, an idea machine.
When painting, I hope to create a sort of incarnation of the objects themselves.
I find shaping the wood “canvases” helps that.
The carved lines, expressing emotion for me, movement, and energy, are a vital part of both the process and the finished piece – that important physical engagement I look for in art.
I love wailing away with those sharp chisels!
Ideally, when I paint,
my intention is to go into my studio alone and be totally present and alive to my visceral body, and the buzzing in my mind – fully immersed in my intuition.
I pull out the stories, emotions and images running around inside and set them together, combine them – to see what they say about each other.
“Making art” is compressing that activity into an art object – that others can unpack and experience in their own way, on their own time.
I think good art satisfies on several levels.
First, I want it to move me,
in the way that music does – sensually.
Then, over time, as I live with these objects, day to day, I like the way that new ideas open up.
My aim is to make and live with visual poetry.