Full Artist's statement
As a practicing architect, I sought to create art with light, space, form, materiality and a connection to place. Now a practicing artist, I am seeking a more direct expression of those elements. In general, I choose to make art that offers ambiguity, one that occupies the area between representation and abstraction. I am inspired by the abstracted aerial views of Richard Diebenkorn, the emotion rich color of Mark Rothko and, the constructive qualities of Louise Nevelson.
Architectural model building and common construction materials provide the inspiration and starting point for my relief paintings. Creating a composition using wood shingles and shims, I build an undulating, topographic surface that evokes a landscape element or elements. The addition of subsequent layers of color connects each piece to a specific emotion, time, and place. The use of fine oil paint makes the connection back to artistic tradition.