I am a symbolic, allegorical figure painter depicting my own mythology and ideology. My work is typically focused around the feminine, the marginalized, and our roles and choices in society. As an artist it is important for me to connect to my deeper self, and to other peoples’ experiences in the world. I constantly question the WHY, the WHAT, and the HOW one sees, feels, and hopefully changes.
It has been said that my paintings have a Shakespearean quality, a touch darkness with a dash of wit or whimsy. Often, my collectors want me to explain the imagery, and the stories behind them. On occasion I will explain their meaning , but I would rather the viewer think on what it symbolizes to them, how it touches them...I give the language and the viewers give the narrative.
I draw my inspiration from my intuition, from life, my heart, and even sojourns to the local cafe. When I sit down to contemplate my next group of paintings, my books take me where I need to go. Brueghel, Brooks, Kiefer, Beckmann, Chagal, Kahlo, Clemente, Fini, Rousseau, Music, to name a few; the pile is strewn across the floor and is immense.
My main influences though derive from Flemish, Renaissance, and Medieval art. I also believe that in some way we carry experiences of millennia through our DNA; and that I have been given the gift to express those experiences.
Ultimately, I hope when people view my paintings, they are taken "somewhere else", and may consider unspoken possibilities, question his or her own ideology, and their personal myths, and their place in humanity.