My work is based on close observation of the natural world, but the drive to create it comes from a deeper, more perceptive state, which I enter into when I see compositions that I want to paint. As I look at certain landscapes or arrangements of objects, a special clarity or meaning emerges from my vision of them, and compels me to record this unified beauty that I see.
There is an initial moment of “seeing” that I refer to when I start a painting. I work many hours more to develop the painting into a finished whole. I have a collection of colored objects and vases, and I often combine them with flowers from my garden, to form a still life composition. I use colored and patterned fabrics to add another element of dynamic interest.
Working in the same light, I build each part slowly, always trying to be aware of what needs refining. After many times working on the painting, I feel in touch with the complex beauty which called to me in the first place. The colors are measured, as are the shapes, lines, space, and light. I see a subtle and delicate geometry--formed by their balancing. This delicate artistic geometry has an emotional significance, and it speaks to me as a unified whole. It is my meaningful endeavor to unlock this message of beauty from the world.