Statement

Artist’s Statement:

These small-scale paintings (12” average) depict experiences of specific places, as well as responses to other artworks, which could include contemporary artists, early 20thCentury American painters, Italian and Northern Renaissance works, or Persian and Indian manuscript paintings. They come from my love of miniaturization, intricacy, the plasticity of paint, and the illusion of space. Images are constructed by mixing elements of landscape and natural forms with memory and imagination.

Forms are repeated, emphasized, and manipulated to create tension between the “imagined” and the real world. The forms (lakes, ditches, fields, etc.) come from not just what I see, but what I know about constructing paintings and some deep memory system. When I see certain places – a sand ditch along the highway, a gravel pit, a cultivated field, or just a peculiar bend in the road – I’m attracted to it, and I make a mental note.  It seems I look for the places that are already in my head.  If I can’t find it out there, I’ll attempt to create it. There may be a story hidden the painting, which I myself am still only vaguely aware of.