|January Moon, woodblock 22" x 22"|
I took the dogs out for their evening jaunt and looked up at the sky tonight. We have been so weighted down by grey that I was startled by the deepness of the night sky and the tiny flickers from so many stars. The space of the night sky, the space of the blue ocean offer mystery, curiosity, and comfort. What I share through my work is a sense of wonder. I don't think my work provides anything more than the knowledge that we are human and that we share the same longings, to love and be loved.
During an open studio a man walked into my space and looked at a large painting. He stopped and inhaled, then took a step back like he had been softly pushed. He remained there for the longest time looking at the painting while I sat quietly in the corner. Then he walked out with his head down. That's what I want my work to do, change a state of mind.
In my practice I weave beauty to mystery through paint. I honor the history of painting and work to expand its possibilities, to move it forward, and to give voice to the present moment.