Natural systems that I encounter, particularly the intricate worlds of lichens, fungi, and mosses, serve as a starting point for my paintings. The sublime organisms ensure and maintain life on earth. I draw upon the history of landscape painting and abstraction infused with ecotheology (the understanding that people and creatures are a gift of God the creator; with this view, we are more likely to treat the earth with respect) to communicate spiritual ideas in relation to creation. Using the finite to think about the infinite, the paintings evoke the mysterious and wondrous process of existence.
I both manipulate the paint and playfully relinquish control to create worlds for the viewer’s mind to wander. The imagery simultaneously fuses and dissolves, oscillating between certainty and uncertainty with the promise of resolving into something familiar. The luminosity and the combination of colors, as well as the use of abstraction, convey the euphoric, transcendental sensation of my initial encounter with the subject matter. Together, the abstraction and the colors target not only the visual senses, but also the psyche in order to provoke contemplation on the painted microcosms. My intention is that the references to creation will invite viewers in, while the abstraction will challenge viewers to perceive in a way that goes beyond the surface of the painting, so they can explore their own thoughts and beliefs.