My work derives from observations of ordinary situations I encounter daily, which become paintings that are both figurative and abstract.  Mundane scenes and objects - trees, homes, cars, the night, and people, mostly family, are the starting point for experimentation with the application of paint and a response to light and shadow.  My subjectivity and decision-making shape choices of color, light, composition and motif, and collectively comprise a search for the contemporary romantic. 

The works can be considered as series that continue for multiple years or can be regrouped into many alternative conversations.  Moments depicted reflect and chronologize my preoccupations as would a diary.


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