I approach my work with honesty and directness. I prefer to work with oil paint because
of the malleable nature of the medium, the mysterious way it changes as it dries and the
jewel-like surface it creates. I focus on process over product, and balance the forces of
realism and abstraction, pulling back from the edge when either mode becomes too
dominant. I try to keep the paintings in a space that feels both real and imaginary,
thoughtful yet filled with emotion.
Horses emerge in my paintings as a symbolic force of the natural world. In a time where
technology often trumps physical communication, paintings relate visually in a solid
place and time. In this work there is a correlation between the muscular movement of
horses and my intensely physical painting practice. Both painting and horses require
clear direction and provide immediate results. I often feel that I am taming a wild beast
in order to get to the heart of a painting.