I am interested in the distinctive sensory and emotional impressions I perceive in my ever-changing surroundings. Many of the people, places, and things that I see, and sometimes come to know, capture my attention and engage me. As I take in all of the happenings within a given moment, a conversation emerges in which visual and non-visual elements overlap and influence each other. Through a combination of direct encounter with and further reflection upon these circumstantial dialogues, I form a greater sense of the significance of being present and appreciative. Autobiographically, I preserve and elaborate on experiences, venerating moments of realization of the extraordinary as it occurs each day.
In my practice, I use line, color, shape, and form non-representationally to allude to my subjects and, more importantly, to give an idea of the unseen senses and emotions effecting my perception of them. My process incorporates hand-dyeing techniques, handwoven textiles, and embroidery with oil painting. The spontaneity of patterns and color transitions derived from dyeing a canvas creates more complex layers, informing the colors and shapes painted on them, as well as allowing for a balance of revealing and concealing of the intricacies of the process. The tactile and fluid nature of folds of fabric allows for them to be manipulated, mimicking and enhancing the organic forms of my paintings. Simultaneously, these textiles give three-dimensional form to an otherwise flat surface, extending space and activating a visual sense of touch in pieces. Though I depict my own experiences, my work allows viewers to share a similar feeling of curiosity or reflect on a memory of their own.