Early in my art career, I fell in love with printmaking because I was enchanted by the way an image would evolve and build with each new layer of ink. Gradually work, family life, and relocations made access to printmaking equipment more difficult. Experimenting with new materials, I discovered that physically layering actual papers and bits of collected ephemera into paintings and drawings allowed me to make images with a depth that I had never reached with standard printmaking.
My mixed media approach illustrates how a variety of moments define a total experience. The materials I use carry the stories of learning, recording, and processing: vintage school books, ledgers, hand-written correspondence. The materials themselves each have a life and history, which is then woven into the stories I tell by adding expressive layers of paint and drawing media.
The notion of the meeting place between private moments and shared or universal experiences is my constant inspiration. I love watching the wide range of personal responses as viewers uncover layers in my work, recognizing book pages or documents from their youth, or finding memories pulled to the surface by familiar patterns and colors. These very personal connections for each individual actually turn out to be common shared experiences, as viewer after viewer recalls similar memories and responses.
My recent work examines the notion of creating private spaces; places, both literal and imagined, that provide a sense of refuge. I am interested in how the creation of a personal space must be unique to each individual, while at the same time the experience of having or claiming these spaces is almost completely universal.