I have always been interested in the exploration of light and life in my paintings. My current body of work focuses specifically on the duality of light. In one series of paintings, I look outward; the light and sun outside of my studio, which is located on the third floor of a former textile mill, holds the promise of a new day as it shines brightly behind a window collage. While making these paintings and watching the sun move across the sky, I feel set free in the unknown and choose to focus mainly on formal qualities. In a second series, I look inward; the interior light and personified shadows, as they relate to my personal space, allow for more introspection and the analysis of imagery and of life.
A significant part of my process of making involves the collection of various materials including paper, tape, and found cardboard. I use these materials for surfaces to paint on and in collage. The collages often become the sole subject of a painting, either pinned to the wall, leaned against a ledge, or taped to the window. I sometimes include objects from home, such as a special rock or my children’s drawings, which help bridge the gap between studio and everyday life. These materials and collages can also become part of a larger narrative when paired with intense light and shadow. In this respect, the shadows, moving across a wall of cut shapes or overtaking the vast wood floors, act as a reminder of the quick passage of time and of life's impermanence.