Artist Statement

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Growing up in a rural area of Connecticut, I felt solace in the natural environs of wooded areas, observing how things grew, changed and evolved; how brilliantly the sun shone, how lucid the colors of nature are, and how rapidly a day was able to evolve from dry to wet, grey to bright sky. 

My childhood travels to New York City with family exposed me to a different world of geometric shapes in the massive buildings of the city skyline; it is in this space of my imagination that I combine the two contrasting ideologies.

I express the distinction between organic and industrial by the vivid use of color and texture.  Line and color are the main design elements utilized to construct my imagery.  Intrigued by the workings of urban life and its implications on humanity, I now reside in Arizona, a complex geography of urban, suburban and desert.

As I progress in my life, looking deeper becomes more meaningful. How I have evolved as a being is measurable in my connection to the earth, its beings, the decisions I make, my relationships and the roads I travel.

My work centers on balance, harmony and the integration of contradiction/contrast and the opposition of themes, color and form.

Color intrigues me.  I love the immediacy of seeing color come to life on fabric, a canvas, on a board, on paper.  Brash/vibrant/bold. Quiet/moody/detached.  Atmospheric and energetic; color is the vehicle in which our innermost experiences are brought to the surface and experienced.

The division of shapes and spaces fascinates me. As human beings, we divide the spaces in which we live, work and play. My abstract compositions play with the division of space and how spaces and shapes relate to each other. I explored this idea in a series of textile pieces called “Compartments,” in which people began building upwards as opposed to outwards, due to land shortages, and their living spaces became more compartmentalized.

I work in the abstract by choice; it challenges me, and invites the viewer to evoke their own personal experiences and emotions.