I gravitate towards things. I am a collector of the useless almost trash that has been taken to the thrift store or abandoned by a child in a grocery store shopping cart. The objects I have found over the years have created the world I depict in my still life oil paintings. As they are arranged, objects transform from thing to character. Plastic animals congregate in paper cut out ruins, and soon, a narrative, if obscure, begins to form. In short, I play.
It is within the safety of this playful form of depiction that I feel most at ease working out my concerns. In these collage-like landscapes devoid of humans, though perhaps indicating that former presence, I attempt to address themes of uncertainty, risk, displacement, and the drive to survive. The paintings don't tend to offer many answers, often presenting the moment right before or right after something has occured. It is the stillness and ambiguity of these moments that I hope can lead to a realm of individual interpretation and connection.