Artist Statement

My current work brings a brightness and clarity that is so easily visualized by the use of my clear glass table as a "venue" for my still lifes. Reflections define the subjects. The reflection of blue sky above becomes as important as the objects themselves. Being able to explore from all angles helps to create images that become more difficult to interpret as "real".

Other recent involves placing a still life in primarily Oregon landscapes. The juxtaposition of the intimate view within the broader view speaks to the personal versus the public, our inner world versus the outer world... and quiet beauty that flow through both if we stop to listen.

Although I have worked in oil as well, this body of work returns me to my love of watercolor. The transparency of the pigments encourages a "lit from within" quality. These works are realistically rendered with a big nod to texture. But their light, color and point of view lead the observer to focus in a way that we don't do in our everyday existence taking them outside of pure realism.