S T A T E M E N T
Words about my work do not come easily. I do not speak much or write about it, I do not have a vision, I do not have a message about profound issues facing our world. However my heart is moved by the plight of all my fellow humans suffering because of violence, poverty, racism, loneliness. My hope is that some of these emotions will be picked up by the viewer. But my major source of inspiration lies in the awesomeness of nature especially seen and observed from very close: my eyes are always on the move, finding excitement from the lacy details of a dragonfly‘s wing to the dots, flecks, specks, the artful unevenness of stripes and marks found in some plants, flowers, insects or animals.
My studio is a repository for found bits and pieces of leaves, twigs, shells, seeds, rocks, feathers, insects, bird legs and egg shells, etc. Surrounded by this “museum of the strange” and in total solitude and silence, I work intuitively marking and layering my board, paper or canvas. I begin with only a vague idea of color or shape and then follow where the work leads me. It is a dance between the work and me, but, at times, more like a combat with exchanges of punches! Regularly I revisit and judge the latest mark or color: “does my eye approve?” or "does it bring back the emotion of my latest discovery? "
I have always had a profound love and admiration for the awesome art of indigenous cultures whether here or far away and these have had a substantial impact as well.
Among the many painters I admire are “les Nabis” (Vuillard, Bonnard, etc.) and Henri Rousseau, Matisse, Rouault, Joan Brown, de Kooning, Matta, Joan Mitchell, Tapies, Twombly, to name a few. To this list I have to add another great love of mine, outsider artists or raw art. My former work as a contemporary art quilt maker in the 70's and 80's is also probably not very far in the background.