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:  thinking, feeling, sensation, and intuition.  I bring together disparate elements that at first don't want to be combined.  Paying  attention to the sensitive interactions of color fields 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 itself 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.