Artist Statement

My recent work focuses more on process than a single underlying construct. Reading David Byrne’s book How Music Works, impacted my thinking on visual art-making. My separate Extemporal series of rapid paintings on paper, in which imagery is instinctively juxtaposed, is analogous to Byrne’s intuitive method of songwriting, which informs this work. My intent is to make paintings that generate emotional responses, what Byrne calls, “devices that tap into our shared psychological make-up.”

Sometime ago I began working with live models, friends and acquaintances who volunteer as artistic collaborators, bringing their own ideas to the process. In the studio we converse (an essential component) and improvise hundreds of poses and situations, which I photograph. From these, images are selected and digitally combined and manipulated through trial and error with other found visual elements. I reference a variety of sources, interests, and personal penchants, including historic portrait and landscape painting, movies, gender identity, the male gaze, and graphic design. The resulting imagery is transformed again through the practice of painting. Throughout this fluid process, the work continuously evolves in a variety of directions meant to evoke multiple interpretations and narratives.