Artist’s Statement

“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” Rumi

My love of painting evolved from a life-long love of wilderness. Having spent years walking along mountain paths, finding a larger reality than my own busy mind, I wanted to dive deeper into the colors, the movement, the shapes of that untamed world. Painting abstractly became the vehicle for this personal immersion. I soon found that the play of color, form, line and texture across a canvas moved me as much as the shifting of light and shadow across the forest floor, the glint of sunshine on rushing water.

Using oil paint, charcoal, ink and pastel, I search for those moments of immersion when ideas, judgments, even words drop away. Then there is just the experience of discovery, the excitement of seeing a random mark pull the painting in a new direction, the pleasure of watching the way shapes interact and light draws the eye.