about the artist : statement

This statement is intended to give you a brief introduction to me and my work.

I work concurrently on a range of ideas in a variety of media. I didn't set out to work this way, but it works for me. I grew up in a military family, as one of America's invisible rootless tribe. The way I work reflects my nature and my nurture. I see my work and my life as paths crossing others, connecting and diverging, fashioning patterns of people and choices and ideas and feelings. It's all in the mix.

Categorizing my artwork as a whole tends to fall in the fuzzy areas between specifics. I call much of what I do drawing because it's a simple handle for carrying it around, and broad enough to cover a great deal of what I do. Much of my current studio work involves burning, cutting, and bleaching paper; methods that transform, remove, and destroy. I usually work through ideas in series of related pieces.

I choose materials to express my ideas, and the materials in turn suggest ideas. My art lives not just in the final product but in its making and its relation to other works. The final product is usually all the viewer sees, though, and I'd like it to be interesting without having to know its history.

I enjoy creative problem-solving, exploring different ideas and creating interesting images. This is what I want to share. It's not my intention to lead you to specific interpretations and conclusions. Words just stand in the way of the direct experience of visual art. You're part of the process now.

Relax and enjoy.

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