The element of curiosity (wild impulses) motivates and informs my artistic process. I approach painting the way I imagine people created the Lascaux caves: filling in the void around an animal shape, feeling the sweet caress of the mark along the back, just like running my hands along my dog’s spine or gently smoothing her velvety brow and cheeks. The painting is the space between self and animal, compressed to the point of contact with something wild.
I have agency in the space of my painted image. Decisions in the studio are like wandering through the woods following a deer trail or through an open pasture, deciphering cattle path lines. The paintings cavort in the adornment of empty space, aligning with the engagement of disparate elements. I am committed to animals. I want my work to insight a more sensitive world, one that is not afraid of the adornments we place over emptiness and efficiency.
These are feral spaces–the process of painting and the image rendered evoke a reckoning of wild moments as they collide with domesticity. The paintings are personal totems, icons of my domesticity and my wildness, as I balance a loving caress and unbridled freedom. Freedom and control are guides through colorful, internal terrain, yet these landscapes bare the existence of deep scars and altered DNA from previous masters. One strays from home not for a better life, but to experience the fear and burden of being free.