Artist Statement

“Behind every two pines, there is a doorway to a new world.”

– John Muir

This statement encapsulates my life and my work. My artwork reflects my life as an avid mountain runner and biker. Running and riding along trails that wander across mountains filled with wildflowers, green meadows, rushing streams, and bursts of light squeezing through the trees fills my soul with great memories of movement and color. Drawing from these memories, I begin each work by forming a picture in my mind and envisioning a direction of flow in which I want the pigments to go.

A lot of my mixed medium comes from the natural world — beeswax, pigment, tree resin, oil and acrylic paints, and inks. Its organic nature makes it hard to predict where layers of color are going to flow. The control and the space of surrendering that control are what is beautiful to me in this process. Painting this way makes me quiet down my thoughts and surrender to the flow of the paint. My subject matter is natural, abstracted, with the movement of muted, misty gradients and swipes of bold, juicy colours. I want my viewers to imagine themselves wandering through the colours and space of the painting. The significance of a shape may change over time, as when recalling a memory. The foreground and background may shift as if the viewers themselves are moving through space.