Statement about why and what I paint …
When I was 8 years old, I walked into the Arizona Desert, alone. I never came back.
My journey into the desert took me through countless miles of brush, cacti, and rock. I explored abandoned mines and caves. Discovered an unknown petroglyph site. Been surrounded by coyotes, javelina, and hundreds of bats. Ate cactus and agave fruits. Talked to snakes, mice, and a mountain lion. This inhospitable place made me sensitive to the presence of living things, the mood and energy they project into the world. Those experiences taught me that nothing is as it seems.
I believe that perceived reality is only one of many possibilities exist and that imagination and dealing with uncertainty are more important skills than reliance on accepted beliefs and preconceived views of what is and is not.
My paintings depict alternative possibilities by showing people, places, and things in ways that we do not normally see or think about them, in ways that are sensitive to their mood and energy, where appearances may be misleading, and interpretations are uncertain.
Regarding materials, I paint with oil on canvas or board. I rarely use any mediums other than Gamsol solvent.
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