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My works are mainly painterly objects that are based in drawing. I love materials, particularly traditional ones because of their non-technological quality, their humbleness and weight of history. The feeling of materials and the mark of the hand are important to me. I’m interested in the present moment and its rapid slide into memory and how it is remembered and recalled in the mind. The non-narrative present moment--full of secrecy, privacy, silence. The imagery is not symbolic, it just is. It is informed by my environment, renaissance and pre-renaissance painting, portraiture, reading Borges, the feeling of looking at family photographs, remembering yesterday piece by piece.

I view making art as cyclical rather than linear, coming back over and over to the same imagery but from a different point of view or with different materials. The eyes and hands are the tools of the artist and are the elements in portraits that express the personality of the sitter. They tend not to be symbolic in and of themselves, rather they are the human element, what we all identify with, how that portrait looks into us as the viewer.