"Reports En Route: Works on Paper"
August 7 – September 26, 2015
Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
When I was a senior in high school I took an art class from a great teacher. I looked up to him because he didn’t hold me back from my yearning to express myself. He went along with every idea I had even if they were bad ideas. He gave me the gift of freedom. Through this experience I found something bigger than myself—the creative process. By making a painting or taking a photograph I try to make the reality of the human condition visual.
In a world filled with imagery of all sorts, most of which we take for granted and usually ignore, it is easy to forget that a great photograph, a great painting, a great piece of art can change the heart. Art still has the potential to exalt and to trigger emotion. That is the tradition of painting within which I strive to work.
I see most of my work as one frame, one snapshot in a life of personal observation and inner search. My work is my diary. I strive to push the boundaries of composition as far as I can. I am obsessed with creating strong shape. I always work from preliminary drawings but in the act of painting I never know what will happen. Usually I feel that I’m working on the edge of disaster.
For me making art is a continuous exploration and a constant test of my ability to be honest with myself.