Losing Ground/On North Merrick

Artist Statement

For me, painting is all about searching and exploring. I am always searching for a visual motif that will catalyze a rich exploration of content that interests me. Certain plants hold meaning for me, houses in my hometown catalyze a rich mix of associations, sensations and memories, and on and on. Once I find my catalyzing motif, I observe it closely and start from that grounding attention to the physical reality of the thing. From there, I take off and let intuition, memory, invention and response to what is happening on the painting surface take full and equal roles in my process. In this way, I hope to achieve an image that carries the feeling and fullness of my experience -- and by that I mean my experience of looking deeply at my subject, my experience of discovering the sensations it awakens in me, and my experience of capturing these emotions in a painting.