Artist's Statement

"You don’t need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Don’t even listen, simply wait. Be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked. It has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet." - Franz Kafka
"Joy itself is a form of wisdom." - Tom Robbins

Primarily a still life painter, I enjoy combining the animate with the inanimate.

So often, elements of landscape and various and sundry creatures of the natural world will be found in my paintings.

I set up objects on a table with a directional light, but I observe them at different times of the day and approach them from different angles. They constantly reveal new dimensions and elements I try to incorporate.

I work at, or close to, actual scale. My compositions incorporate the Golden Mean and other mathematical systems. Although influenced by the Dutch still life painters, I tend to work in a high key where color and light are concerned. I am motivated more by joy than angst, more by revelation than mystery.

I believe in giving the viewer something that pulls them in, but also elements that draw them back, allowing them to discover more on further inspection. I want them to experience the extraordinary in the ordinary, the magic in the mundane.

The objects are like players on a stage relating to each other and the audience. In each piece of work I create, I seek to establish a connection or relationship that is special to the individual viewer.