Study for L’Age Dor, 2014, pencil, chalk, mica and watercolor on paper, 15 x 7 inches.Artist Statement

I am a figurative artist working in the classical forms of oil painting and drawing media. I use narrative structures like symbols and myth to explore meaning in our common experience and to evoke a spiritual presence. My work prioritizes aesthetic principles, technical rigor, craft, perception and design. My principle subject is the sacred feminine, which for me is an enduring vessel for the exploration of the human condition. I use art history as a foil for expressing both my place in the lineage of art, and my contemporary experience. I am continually digging to unearth Beauty as a tool of power. I seek a presentation of the figure that does not separate the sensual and beautiful from the intelligent and meaningful. Beauty is a great rhetorical tool– it can move people, change minds, and inspire action and devotion. By juxtaposing classical feminine figuration with environmental decay or a narrative context, I suggest the necessity of cultural and ecological transformation.

Tradition has nothing to do with the past. To follow a tradition is to embrace a manner of working in which the values and aspirations of the past are continuous with those of the future. I chase what artists in the past have also chased—a celebration of the human form, a passion for and humility before nature, the use of metaphor and narrative to puzzle out the mysteries of our time here on earth, and a belief in the emotional power of the common visual language of representation.