Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My art is the battleground between the impulsive need to capture and create visual imagery and the compulsive need to be mathematical and exacting. It's a constant struggle between stream-of-consciousness thinking and analytical problem-solving. I find inspiration in nature: in water, in sunlight, in trees and in shadow. My subject matter revolves around themes of emptiness, desolation, and physical and mental pain.

My primary medium, printmaking, satisfies the mental need to create imagery while using a methodical process. I thrive on reducing images to simple lines and carving them in a linoleum block or scratching them into an intaglio plate. Color reduction block printing adds the problem-solving: breaking an image into its essential colors then redeveloping it on paper with ink. I also find great solace in oil painting, but I can only paint with my fingers because it connects me directly to the canvas, the color, and the subject.