My motivation to paint arises from my desire to express the emotional content of memory. Each of my paintings starts as the recollection of a singular moment in time. I am looking to capture something spiritual and universal, and by so doing evoke a resonant response in my viewers.

The following quotation from 19th Century German Romanticist Caspar David Friedrich guides the direction of my painting and is an accurate summation of my artistic goals:

“Close you bodily eye so that you may see your picture first with the spiritual eye.  Then bring to the light of day that which you have seen in the darkness so tht it may react upon others from the outside inwards.

My style reflects my artistic purpose. Colors are bright and exaggerated; the subject often appears frieze-like against a colorful background of washes; light accentuates atmosphere and intent. The titles of my paintings precede the actual execution of the pieces and are an extension and part of the art they name. The title is most often a playful interaction between words and image which invites the viewer to embark on his or her own fanciful journey.

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