I’ve always been a bit of a dreamer but I also have a logical side. For me they are equal states that I must balance. This tension between the imaginative and the factual powers my work. In my world, the abstract often coincides with realism. They make each other relevant.
I’m fascinated by nature. Always have been. When I moved to the Northwest in the early 90’s I became enamored with the power, beauty and spirit of the land. It was a visual revelation.
Im constantly looking for those rare moments in the world, where the light is special and the subject matter is powerful. I will take photographs and use them as a place of inspiration and demarcation for the work. Once I have found this direction to go in, I try and become instinctive. I use a geometric viewpoint to create these abstract landscapes. The shapes and patterns can be reminiscent of objects, animals, faces, symbols or nothing at all. They stimulate the viewers mind to find harmony, understanding, patterns.....the familiar. It is an exercise in Pareidolia.....to see shapes in nature. The paintings transform from up close or viewed from afar, in dim light or bright. They beckon the viewer to participate.
My current work has evolved, using intricate sometimes subliminal patterns to stimulate the eye and mind. It is informed by NW indigenous art as well as other cultures. There is a storybook element to this, unfolding to be legible and interpreted. Those who know me, usually will get a conversation about our planet in crisis. It is so tragic to see this rapid change to our world, our beautiful world that inspires me so profoundly. So I see that a main element to my work is the underlying commentary on global climate change. The use of the iconic and endangered salmon (and other animals) in my recent works represents the canary in the gold mine. I want people to both be inspired and reflective.