My memory fails me regarding the source, it may have been George Tooker, whose advice to artists was, “find what you love and make it your own.” I keep that in mind when I make work. I love materials, particularly traditional ones because of their non-technological qualities, their humbleness and weight of history. I love Christian icons, early and northern Renaissance portraits, objects that fit in the hand, personal ephemera, eye portraits, and family photographs; among other things. These loves feed my visual language, producing imagery that is not symbolic and relates to the quality of memory rather than the narrative; the present moment and its rapid slide into memory.
I became interested in drawing in metalpoint and have been concentrating on that for a number of years. It's ephemeral beauty, ability to capture detail and slow process of method feels right to me at this time. I use both goldpoint and silverpoint; each has its own qualities.