My work expIores color, transparency, reflection and the material qualities of light. I draw inspiration from direct observation, however, I work at the intersection of representation and abstraction, simplifying form and enhancing color, distilling and embellishing what I observe, while paying close attention to strong and balanced composition. I enjoy the materiality of paint and like to reveal my mark making. I often use scale to illuminate my focus and work in series in order to more fully investigate the engaging variations in particular environments. I am interested in the theme of impermanence, each piece an expression of a blissful, fleeting moment.
The works in my current “Ocean Elegy” series are visual poems that elegize the declining marine environment, as a result of climate change. The pieces are created to work both as single panels or as diptychs, which suggest an imagined future in which we are only able to view sea life in aquarium museums that fabricate what we have lost in natural environments. The works aim to bring attention to climate change and its effect on the world’s endangered waters through the beauty of the underwater world.