"I've never understood the conflict between abstraction and naturalism. Since all paintings are inherently abstract to begin with there doesn't seem to be an argument there." - Milton Glaser
I'm fascinated by the jittery conflict I see between abstraction and realism, and the simplified geometries imposed on the world by humans - bridges, buildings, frames, etc. - and the complex and "wild" geometry we think nature imposes on us.
Lately, instead of buying frames and attaching them to my collages and paintings, I've been using visual framing as a deliberate and integral part of my work. Through framing, I explore ideas about reverance and sentimentality. I merge landscape imagery with frames, buildings, construction, and decorative artifacts such as rugs and wallpaper patterns.
I work in many mediums but trees and tangled roots are constant visual themes. I'm an unapologetic treehugger. My family loves to walk in forests and there we feel our strongest bonds - tangled yet simple. I worry about desforestation, and in my own way, seek to preserve the woods.
Trained in printmaking and photography, I now include paint and ceramics: merging media and elements into highly textured collages.