rosemary photo

I’m often asked what inspires me. The short answer would be “everything”.  Sometimes it’s a looking at patterns in nature and wanting to paint my own spin on it, maybe something I might want to say about the environment, or even countering the unrest and lurking chaos in the outside world.  My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at what is around them, to discover beauty in unusual places.

I like experimenting with patterns in my work and use it as an underlying structure that organizes surfaces in a consistent manner.  I use forms derived from nature and classical motifs, i.e. flow, branching, spirals, lines, dots and symbols. 

I am now experimenting with working directly onto a substrate.  I first paint a undercoat of several colors.  I place the canvas on the floor and drip and squirt paint directly on to it.  Then I manipulate the canvas by turning it vertically on each side to get the effect I want to achieve. The final result is more intuitive and emotional.  It is an internal rather than a literal interpretation.