We are all on a journey, part of a larger, more mysterious world, finding our way through. We all share common experiences such as joy and sorrow, pain and healing, isolation and belonging, life and death, vagueness and clarity, setback and triumph, the light and the dark. That the world contains these sets of extremes is what makes it so beautiful and painful to be alive. One without the other wouldn’t be felt. These dualities remind us of our humanity. They connect us to who we really are and they give our lives meaning and offer hope.

Seemingly contradictory forces that not only exist in the same world, but are actually in harmony, suggest to me metaphors for what it means to be alive. I’m deeply intrigued and inspired by how we move through this life with forces seen and unseen. There is a simultaneous existence; two worlds integrated. The abstract and the familiar; mysterious, yet I somehow know it.

Over the years I’ve noticed that I have a certain process with life. I take in all that’s present—information, environment, experiences, memories, teachings, feelings—and I try to make sense of it. I’m looking for what resonates with me, what has meaning and truth, and try to filter out the rest. My art process mirrors this. My paintings are built on layers of marks, color and code, along with an exploration, a search, a digging for clues, the making of mistakes, a leaving behind and discovering something new. I distill down to find something that resonates. My art accommodates that need in me to search and see what else is there. It allows me to sort through the chaos to hopefully find what is essential, potent and meaningful and let go of what is not.

I choose nature as a language to translate through, as its cycles so often exist in our human lives. In my paintings, forms, marks and colors come and go. Moving in and out and through a bigger, more abstract, expansive world, they provide reference points and context. For me they are metaphors for our human experience.

My deepest desire is that my work connects you to something bigger, to something within you. Something mysterious, yet something very familiar, even if you don’t quite know what that is. I want my paintings to be a hint, or maybe even a reminder, that we all belong to a bigger, shared story.