ARTIST STATEMENT

My current work is my response to observing forms in nature such as the ancient pine cone, fading orchid petals and chains of gnarled burls. I magnify the energy of growth by rendering the subjects in large human-scale formats to embody my visceral engagement with each distinct natural form. My intention is to capture the deep-rooted pathways of each species in a continuous course, inspired by individual plant structures. Working in graphite or paint, on paper or wood, I make physical gestures where my body is fully engaged; I reach, twist, turn, pull and stretch. In my work, I move back and forth between graphite and black and white gouache, using ranges of neutral warm and cool washes to create layers of opacity and translucency I see in the natural world. This limited palette concentrates my focus on my instinctual responses to studied and imagined life forces.