My recent work is made from birch plywood and oil paint. Ever since I
can remember, I’ve been FASCINATED by and DRAWN to TREES.
About 8 years ago, I decided to incorporate wood into my work, utilizing it as my canvas. I spend a great deal of time selecting the wood and then
I study the shapes my by the WOOD GRAIN and apply multiple layers
of color, using negative space to create an abstract pattern.
At the time, I had no concept of the possibilities and power this would bring to the evolution of my work. Nor did I understand the EMOTIONAL &
PHYSICAL CONNECTION I would experience with this
material. I have only been able to do this by having an open, and experimental
approach in my studio practice. In my mind, no art is ever perfected
but through curiosity & practice, evolves and is a process of discovery.
What I have come to understand and respect is the SURPRISE and WONDER wood brings to our lives. It was once a living organism that we can grow
again and again, knowing that it will be DIFFERENT no matter how
hard some of us try to make it uniform.
These paintings are a statement of what is important to me…NATURE. This work explores the INNER LIFE; the history the wood grain reflects. I enjoy using those natural patterns to draw out the unique story each piece of wood holds. The ORGANIC fluidity of my work provides me with a deep therapeutic and calming connection to nature. It is my hope that it provides the same for others.