"The seat of the soul is where the inner world and the outer world meet, where they overlap, it is in every point of the overlap." Novalis
I create abstractions. By absorbing place and life events my work is a synthesis of self awareness-what is within- and the influences of my outside environs.
My images originate in the natural world and my work expresses my affinity for the organic. I build and reduce visual planes through a pictorial syntax of layered impressions.
The work is about the belief that life is made up of a contimuum of contrasting elements, essential to each other, which creates balance and a sense of order in existence and, therefore, gives each element structural purpose.
Through What Birds Fly Through I explore mark making, delineation of negative spaces, textures, and patterns. I accomplish this through a process of constructing, deconstructing, and reconstructing. I begin by drawing a scene, eliminating and erasing portions, and overlaying lines and forms. It is a method of altering and clarifying the original scene into an expressive representation.
I intend to represent the atmosphere of the landscape allowing it to breath. Through delineating the voids of space between trees, the trees become as present as the framework of the forest that confines them, and by narrating the illumination of the falling light and the obscruity of shadow, a spontaneous quality of line and form emerges that only nature can account for. This is what birds fly through.
Artist Bio / CV
After graduating from Alma College with a BFA, I recieved a MA from Rhode Island School of Design. Since, I have exhibited both nationally and internationally. I am represented by Owings-Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, the River Gallery, Chelsea, MI, and Mi Elements, Chicago, IL. My work can be found in many museum, corporate, and private collections. I work and reside in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.