The goal of my work is to create a place where the mind can rest.
The imagery I use arises from, first, consistent observation and, second, a conscious effort to slow down. When I find colors or forms that inspire me to pause and look, I document them with a camera. I find inspiration anywhere from wild blossoms I see on walks to the grocery store, to leaves turning in the Manzano Mountains outside Albuquerque.
The use of instantaneous digital tools in my everyday life makes me want to find a slower, gradual, more contemplative painting process that reasserts the value of the human hand. I work every morning in natural light using traditional painting materials, walnut oils and mongoose brushes, to apply thin glazes of color that I blend and blur into soft transitions with each additional layer. By blurring the details I create a window into an unspecified yet familiar environment. Ultimately a single point of focus or light emerges from within the paintings, creating the enveloping sense of meditative focus that characterizes my compositions.