"Art is eternal, but life is short."
- Evelyn de Morgan
I am drawn to skies, landscapes and other striking, yet common subjects of life. These scenes often play out as places or moments of refuge from lives of trauma, tragedy and abuse. My paintings are a statement about finding ways to endure hardships all while sparing one's spirit from them. It is about rescuing whatever is good and hopeful from the wreckage of dreams.
It took me years to find my own voice in tone and composition. I paint using a simple, child like approach with mature intentionality. The colors I choose assist in creating the perfect union of innocence and naked reality, not easily represented in the subject matter alone. Skies, especially, are amazing metaphors for life's experiences. Physically, it gives us the very requirements we need to exist and survive. It's where we look to for signs of the divine, for love, for loss, for shared experience. It's also a doorway for destruction both natural and manmade. For me, it is a place of solace and safety but for others, who knows. I find that immensely fascinating.