Painting is a way for me to explore the human spirit in its journey toward truth. From my earliest efforts portraying the wounded soul, my work emphasizes figurative expression. This emphasis is a way of connecting with the deepest truth of who we are as humans. My goal is to express this in visual form in a way that invokes strong feelings in the viewer, which then reveals to you something about yourself that you were not previously fully aware of. This moves you, the viewer, toward recognition of your own humanity, from joy and freedom to sadness and compassion, becoming a transformative touchstone.
For example, the painting "September Sadness" (Abstracted Figure Porfolio) reveals contradictory images of a young healthy woman, but a woman carrying the weight of much sadness in the world right now. Before I painted the image, I was drawn to the gesture but was not acutely aware of the depth of my own sadness. Thus my paintings can trigger something, some touchstone that breathes new life into the viewer's being.