Artist Statement

My abstract oil paintings— with a touch of the familiar— emphasize color and texture and are defined by a thought or action. Every painting begins as an idea from a sketch, photo, or personal memory; in that way, I invite the familiar into the work. I use a combination of palette knives and brushes to give each painting a sense of liveliness through my use of thoughtfully placed lines and light filled spaces. It's this resulting visual interpretation of the original idea that connects me with others who share similar emotions and memories.