I live at the edge of a woods, on an eroded mountain, with a broken view of the valley below, a state hospital is there, a place of pathos and crumbling brick where I worked as an occupational therapist for 30 years, distilling a surreal iconography. I have an appreciation of irony, abiding fascinations with the female figure, obsolete aircraft and other machinery, and am committed to creating art from my surroundings. This is an ongoing series of themes. The work is about place, it is landscape, or interior, sometimes one masquerading as the other, sometimes human form becomes part of the landscape. It is mixed media on canvas, paper or panel, using materials at hand, bringing together disparate images, textures, objects. It is about moment and balance, juxtaposing collage elements, some deliberate, some random. It is an attempt to capture transience, the sometimes dissonant bits that frequently slip by unnoticed. There is ambiguity here; the inspiration for the piece is spontaneous; the execution tends to be long and contemplative. Some of the images have evolved into a personal and uncertain symbolism. There is vague allegory, there are obscure puns.
Alabama State University
Bachelor of Science, 1976