Artist Statement

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There are unseen forces all around us, ancestors, spirits, energies of the natural world, and the animal and plant beings we share this earth with.     I create paintings and mixed media figures on wood, that speak of these unseen forces and divine guides.  Elemental materials; such as wood, charcoal, ash, metal,  beeswax, and stone are often incorporated into my work, for the charge these materials carry of earth, fire, air, and water.

The imagery in my art is largely figurative and symbolic. I am drawn to using the human figure in my art and I often distill the body down to a symbolic form on which to map emotions and experiences. I am seeking to bring into focus our shared state of existence in both a physical and spiritual realm. For me the creative process is a constant search, a struggle to see what is unseen, to grasp with clarity fleeting insights offered in dreams and quiet moments, to tune into messages that the distracted analytical mind misses and to relay this information in a visual language.

Art is my dream interpreter, my way of processing deep emotions, and the symbolic language I use to stir memories deep within myself and the viewer. I create art to remind us we are not separate from the earth, the sea, or the animals and plants around us. We are not separate from each other.