I am happiest when I am making things. My sweetest fantasy is to have a huge industrial complex at my fingertips where artisans in clay, metal, glass, fabric and wood would stand ready to turn my ideas and designs into reality. I studied both fabric art and gold smithing for a time, but have become almost exclusively a painter of two-dimensional works in the last twenty years.
My journey as an artist has been to develop a vocabulary of visual expressions, a form of structure and semiotic, that can effectively communicate the ideas and sensations that foment in my heads and heart. For a long time I employed realism in my images to create meaning through the careful deliberation of an objects depiction, composition and association. I became aware of the personal and cultural content and context inherent in objects. In successive series, the reoccurring presentation of particular objects are used as a clues, metaphors or symbols of conceptual paradigms.
Over many years, the work has taken for its subject the apprehension of reality. Themes have included how perception is affected by the mechanics of the perceptual process (eye/brain), the state of consciousness, personal associations, structuralism, phenomenology, the process of memory and effect of culture. In pursuit of understanding these ideas has brought me to be aware of the dynamic relationship between an object and the viewer, to wit, how the act of viewing changes the object. This relationship is investigated through the most current paintings executed in an abstract style.