I live in a small, quiet town, somewhat removed from the faster pace of some places in the world. However, I find that life, just inside my tiny corner of it, is quite full and provides endless subject matter and visual and emotional stimulation. Opportunities for creativity exist in almost everything I do and I find that all my pursuits connect and eventually lead to what I do in my studio. I enjoy taking care of my home, spending time with family, cooking, walking my dog, waitressing, working in the garden, gathering mushrooms, playing music, working in theater, with my art being in the center of it all.
I like telling the stories of my world in my work. If my paintings could talk they would say things like, “Come see this house on my street.” “This is the kitchen of the restaurant.” “This is my dog.” “These are things on my shelf that I like.” “This is where I buy my gas.” There is more to each of these subjects than what is seen on the surface because we all have deep relationships and connections with very ordinary things. I have a curiosity about and often a love for the subjects I am drawn to. The restaurant kitchen is a place where people spend many hours doing their work. The gas station at the supermarket, albeit a garish bright scar in a moonlit night, is a hub of human activity and in some ways is the heart of the town. These things evoke feelings in me that I wish to put down in paint.