I am a narrative painter inspired by the human condition. Some of my biggest influences are Duchamp, Twombly, Kiefer, Rauschenberg, and Schiele. I am attracted to the way these artists in particular have broken and played with the form on and off their canvas or panel. There is also a strong literary and drawing thread throughout the work that appeals to me. My latest work currently involves combining, drawing, sculpture, and painting with a variety of materials to create glimpses into small narratives, that touch on current events and especially the state of children in crisis.
The texts I use become a background noise that informs the symbolic nature of the gesture in each of the compositions. This allows me to play between the spoken, the felt, and the seen within each piece. It is my hope that, as in life, the viewer will bring his or her own histories and judgments to my images, continuing and adding to the narrative. I see the experience of art as a series of individual conversations with a work. When the viewer converses with my work, I hope to influence some type of new perspective for them on their own narrative and that of the larger world.