My work is inspired by a question: 

How do I build a painting that has never been made before?  

I use all of myself in that dynamic process: feeling, sensation,

thinking and intuition. I bring together disparate elements that at

first don't want to be combined.  Paying attention to the sensitive

interactions of color field and values, I explore how colors activate

each other.  I challenge myself to go deeper, creating layer upon

layer, building complexity on the canvas. Sometimes my brushstrokes

express vigor, speed, and fullness;  at other times there is a certain

hesitancy.  What will happen after I have applied all I know?  At times 

I feel an awkwardness or even resistance and then I make a sequence

of decisions, and may even risk "losing" the painting.  I might create

a sticky mess over here or have a certain unruliness over there, or

create what looks like the liquid center of a jewel.   I pay special

attention to the edges, as though the painting continues beyond.  It is

as though I have captured a slice of a larger reality.   When the painting

is complete, it separates it self from me.

I care a great deal about craftsmanship.  This applies to my own process

and to the materials I work with.  The canvas, the paint, and the brushes

provide a foundation for my work.  The purity, integrity, and quality of these

materials matter.


I am inspired by many artists.  I love Diebenkorn's work, especially his

"Sturm and Drang" period, because he pushed through uncharted territory,

taking great risks.  I admire De Kooning for his audacity, as he gives me

permission to work through challenging phases in my own art.

Painting is for me a vast visual language.  I invite the viewer to discover

and experience the world I see.