Remnants and fragments that have a sense of mystery about them have always intrigued me. Ancient sacred sites, talisman objects, archeological finds, cryptic writing, and trace marks left by someone else all suggest a story, memory, journey or secret. The weathered and deteriorated surfaces in nature and in my environment inspire me in the same way. The beauty and complexity of color, light and textures in a foggy winter morning, decomposing leaves, peeling paint, stained walls and rusty metal debris are evidence of a history and of the passage of time. I am drawn not only to this visual beauty, but also to the secrets it might conceal. These influences inform my palette choices and set the tone when I begin working on a piece. My intention is to create artwork that evokes a sense of transcendent mystery and to imbue my marks with a vulnerability and vitality that reflect a human condition, emotion or state of mind. As I work, I can decide what is lost and what remains and create my own story, remnant and artifact.
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” - Francis Bacon