"The For me, painting is about telling stories and recalling memories.
The predominant focus of my studio work is on heritage and how memories we pass on from one generation to another shift and evolve in significance depending upon what we choose to remember and what we choose to forget.
This current body of work is centered on issues of direction, traces of where I have been or may go, of losing one way and finding another route back. Celtic cairns, map icons, charts, trail blazes, numbers, words, family stories, animals, clothes, and everyday symbols of life suggest markers that are both
recognizable and at the same time vary in their meaning by
placement or juxtaposition to each other.
I work primarily in oil painting, drawing, or mixed media collage on canvas or paper usually on a series of 6-8 piec es at a time. I often will layer several surfaces and images, covering and uncovering as I go, seeking out what lies above or below my original image. This process of working abstractly with some definitive reference points reveals bits of imagery slowly over time like the telling of a story.
I am most interested in how stories of personal experiences, myths, and personal legends change and alter each time told and how often we actively choose to rewrite history each time we tell a story.