Full Artist's statement
I’m intrigued by analogous images in our environment—elements in nature that share forms but not functions or origins. Tree branches, cracks in pavement, light reflected on a swimming pool floor. Ocean foam drying on the sand, veins in a marble slab, spider webs, skin cells. Objects that exhibit this enigmatic quality are curiously poignant to me, and by painting them or their abstract forms I try to depict the unexpected resonances that give our everyday surroundings depth and mystery. Since 2004 I have been developing two main series, Out of Our Element and Roots. While the first is figurative (based on photographs) and the second abstract, they are both vehicles for these explorations.
Out of Our Element: I am captivated with how reflections and refractions caught in underwater photographs seem to expose hidden aspects of people's characters. I photograph friends and family, including myself and my children, and I’m drawn to paint those that reveal the otherworldly, blissful, and ominous experience of being underwater. I aim for a faithful rendering of the images, which are too fantastical to invent.
Roots: After beginning a painting of abstract web-like vertical drips, I came across one of Old San Juan's amazing banyans—enormous trees with hundreds of ropey roots that hang from their branches to the ground—and I was struck by the resemblance. I titled that first painting Roots. Since then, this pattern has caught my eye in many unexpected places and forms—streaks of rust on New York subway station walls, light refracted through glass or water, and in images of cerebral neurons and the circulatory system. The ubiquity of the pattern in nature intrigues me, and I create the paintings in a meditative state.