Statement

    I have always been interested in challenging the physical and psychological boundaries between humans and nature. In these drawings, I collapse the perception of interior and exterior space. Ranging in size from a few inches to several feet, my drawings reference observations I make of facial features, botanical forms, and anatomical elements. I combine them in a way that allows my subconscious to suggest imagery that visually ties them together. In this way, the works intend to override more rational, conventional depictions of portraiture and landscape.

     Recently, I became interested in the concept of “half-life” which describes a state when half of a substance has dissipated and half remains.  While often used in measuring radioactivity, the term resonates for me when applied to a fallen tree. As it ages, a tree gets invaded by insects, drilled by woodpeckers, and covered by vines until it falls over dead. This marks its half-life. While it no longer “produces,” the tree continues to nourish the ecosystem as it decays. This suggests a way to approach aging. Like the tree, I feel myself dissipating into my surroundings. I describe aging through the lens of nature because it makes visual and philosophical sense. These are my thoughts as I draw, using charcoal and pencil because I love the physical contact with the materials and the immediacy of making marks.

  
 

Wring
2017
Charcoal and pencil on paper
29"x27"
private collection
Stretch
2016
Charcoal on paper
45"x30" diptych
Clapper
2016
Charcoal on paper
50"x80"
Slit
2018
Ball point pen and pencil on paper
5"x8"
Bite
2017
Charcoal on paper
35"x50"
Turkey
2016
Charcoal on paper
56"x49"
Fissure
2016
Ball point pen on paper
11"x14"
Swallow
2017
Charcoal, pastel and colored pencil on paper
22"x30"
private collection
Crow
2016
Charcoal on paper
37"x48"
Pod
2017
Ball point pen and pencil
5"w x8"h
private collection
Tangle
2015
Pencil, charcoal and colored pencil on paper
37"x50"
private collection
Bittersweet
2015
Pencil and colored pencil on paper
21"x47"
Installation at the Seligmann Center
2018