Artist Statement

I express journeys and reflections through metaphor and abstraction, focusing often on the engagement of human and animal bodies with both natural and built environments. My lifelong study of dance and music is reflected in the expressions of the figures I illustrate and choreograph, my passion for landscape architecture and gardening in an awareness of spaces and life cycles.

As I've evolved, particularly in a career that's increasingly focused on computer science and programming, I’ve found myself increasingly "left brained"/analytical, and my artistic practice has reflected that. This is not unlike many conceptual artists, such as Sol Lewitt whose pieces were created using a series of instructions. Earlier in my life, art was a purely expressive practice — I would just sit and create standalone ideas as they flowed out of me. When this stopped happening, I was nervous at first that I had "lost" it, but as time has gone on I've realized this is simply a maturing into who I really am; I've since embraced my love of patterns, precision, and process in art creation. The best work I’ve done is both highly technical and highly expressive.

I find the structures developed in the sciences to be useful for building collections of artwork. Two series of paintings, for example, use the framework of the solar year: one being study of the rise and fall of energies in the four seasons, and the second a series of portraits using the twelve constellations of the Zodiac. In the exhibit component I'm developing now in my museum work, I’ve been studying the dynamics of water and how to convey that in a compelling way, designing methods like dying and tracing to generate images.