My work is concerned with the concept of topophilia, a term coined by geographer Yi-Fu Tuan, which is defined as the emotional connections between the physical environment and human beings.
My studio practice incorporates the social element of interviewing others which becomes the jumping-off point for my paintings. I observe how people describe place, recording the distortions, emotions, projections, ambitions, aspirations, or romanticized elements that come in to play when describing personal experiences of place. The discrepancies between the concrete, objectively perceived elements of our surroundings and the less tangible, intuitively accessed realities of place are the focal point of my images.
While referencing the tradition of historical landscape painting, often utilizing idyllic, romantic and pastoral imagery, I blur the boundaries of representational space with my passion for abstraction and the physical gestures of painting itself.