I’m an oil painter who likes tangled things.
I love searching for the image in the layers of the work itself, and creating contradictory impulses or visual tension - approaching and withdrawing -overlapping and pulling apart - density and delicacy - beauty and menace. Movements and gestures that strive to balance the space attract me.
Pigment ground in oil is a very seductive material, and I can't imagine wanting to use anything else.
Visual art can be many things, but feels most meaningful to me when it suggests some sort of transcendent experience. Not merely decorative, not merely whimsical, but deeper. Good painting is like poetry- it employs metaphor and surprise, and takes time and patience to really see.
I feel honored to have my work hanging in private, corporate and healthcare environments
where people can experience it on this deeper level. They say that artists who are consistently engaged in the challenges of their work tend to live long and productive lives with sharper brains- that's what I'm aiming for!
University of Iowa
Master of Fine Arts, 1988
University of Oregon
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1983