I am interested in how culture and the times we live in define our perceptions of place.
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, needs, or romanticized aspects 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.