about the work
Since I was a kid, I lived all over the world and always felt like I didn’t belong. But when I was outdoors, I felt a sense of belonging. In the outdoors, I was at home. I discovered that it is through intense outdoor activity and making artwork that I feel most like myself, whole and engaged with my environment, no matter where I am.
I am inspired by the poetry of nature: color and light in the landscape, seasons, and the passing of time. My work is a kind of meditation and a love letter to life and painting. It is through painting and outdoor activity that I can quiet my mind, make sense of life, and explore spirituality.
The art heroes who currently influence my work are painters Cy Twombly, Amy Sillman, Richard Diebenkorn, and other Bay Area figurative artists of the 50’s and 60’s. My paintings are abstract with references to natural phenomena. Mountains, forests, fields, and big skies are conjured through layers of shape and line in vivid color. My work is inspired by what it feels like to be outdoors. The feeling of moving through outdoor space, along with the accompanying sensations of speed, temperature, and changing light, are themes that I explore.
I want my work to create wonder for people and to be evocative of the outdoor spaces that inspire us, like mountains, valleys, and skies.