STATEMENT

Natural systems that I encounter, particularly the intricate worlds of lichen and fungi, serve as a starting point for my paintings. The sublime organisms ensure and maintain our life on earth, stabilizing our fluctuating environment. I draw upon the history of the use of abstraction and color field painting infused with ecotheology to communicate spiritual ideas in relation to creation. Using the finite to understand the infinite, the paintings are a wondrous and mysterious celebration of the 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. I use both naturalistic and imagined color. The luminosity and the combination of colors, as well as the use of representation and 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.