Our biological evolution teaches us that we are one with nature,
though our current society tries to persuade us otherwise. Loss of
connection to the natural world results in loss of self. We are born
of the earth and, upon death, will return to the earth, so why then
do we ignore the importance and beauty of it in the interim? In my
paintings, I strive to reconnect myself and others through playful
reverence of the outdoor world. I’m not looking for nature’s
perfections but rather the aberrations and strangeness that can
be so delightful and surprising to discover if we only take the time.
It is in the careful study of those imperfections-the asymmetry of
shape, the roughness of texture, the decay and impermanence of
lifeforms- that we can truly understand and appreciate the
imperfections in ourselves.
My current body of work is like deviating from a familiar forest
path and discovering a strange garden. Each piece skirts the
border between the real and the imagined like the memory of a
childhood pastime exploring the natural world. I create my work
through a blending of paint, original stencils and drawings,
and found imagery bearing witness to nature in all its wonder
and fragility. I intend for my work to remind us of the garden
we loved but lost over time.