In the home stretch of the MassArt MFA program, I am drawn to themes of transition, movement, passages - "from here to there." A perceptual, representational painter, I work from direct observation and a variety of source materials, including my own experience of the motif, the thing itself (something in psychiatry we call autognosis).
Unlike the instantaneous capture of photography, the very act of painting travels
through time, a fourth dimension. No matter the persistence of the observation, the observed is fluid, changeable, often uncontrollable and interactive. I strive, as a painter, to embrace the unexpected, the transient moments and surprises that have everything to do with my experience. That is the experience I endeavor to translate into paint on a two-dimensional surface. I like to engage the viewer with a sense of "being there," or a sense of curiosity or humor. I also like to leave a trace, something that suggests I was there.