Artist statement

Art, to me, is meditation. Art is what energizes, inspires, calms and centers me. There is a feeling of restfulness that I express in all of my work, with a goal of encouraging the viewer to slow down; take a breath, and relax into the moment before them.

When I approach a subject, there are many things that bring inspiration. In landscapes, the wide-open spaces of the Western U.S., with their sense of solitude and breathing room, constantly excite me. I love the interaction of the endlessly moving sky with the land’s contours, and the beauty of light playing across the scene.

More intimate portraits, regardless of subject, also reflect my fascination with light across a form. Shape, color and texture create the depth and the story that the light defines. Working in watercolor allows me to describe those shapes and textures with the muted, fluid mixing of colors that is characteristic of the medium.