s t a t e m e n t
My inspiration to paint comes from many things in life. Whether it is bears roaming the forest or activity in the city, I see a certain beauty in both extremes. I love painting the same way an athlete would move, full of energy and vitality. Painting with acrylics allows me to layer colors quickly and capture the swift motion of life. Working everywhere at once and keeping that enthusiastic element alive in my art is essential to creating a spontaneous flow of color and movement in my artwork.
One of the most impressive moments of my childhood was creating a piece of art with random colors and shapes. I had no idea what I was doing, just having fun. When I stood back and looked at my painting, the shapes and colors were a bust of a horse. This experience made a significant impression on me because it was like witnessing something magical come to life.
As a person who lives on this beautiful planet, I endeavor to treat the earth's inhabitants with love and respect. I weave these practices into every aspect of my life. I am a vegan and commute on a bicycle just about everywhere I go. Being active and healthy is a vital component to creating my artwork optimally. It is vital that the art materials I work with come from the USA or from fair trade, eco-conscious businesses and practice sustainable ways to lessen their footprint on the planet. My paintings are created on organic cotton canvas, linen, or Ampersand's Museum Certified panels whose products are handmade in the USA and built from sustainable forests. They are sealed with the Earth Safe Finishes handcrafted in Montana.