For years I have been taking photographic notes and collecting imagery that serve as a collective library of imagery to draw upon when creating paintings and collages. When we look at the world we see what is in front of us but we also make connections to a lifetimes' worth of visual memories. When I work I am often weaving together images from sometimes completely different sources or perhaps intertwining multiple perspectives of the same place. I am looking to personalize and de-trivialize the situation before me through this process. The synthesis may be subtle or presented as an open dialogue as in a diptych. This conversation between imagery is at the center of my work.
The imagery has become autobiographical. Objects and scenarios from different places I have lived and visited have joined in my imagination. The light always has this extraordinary way of changing the reality of what I am photographing, painting or collaging, always suggesting transformation and a sense of an extended moment in time. As an artist, I am both reporter and manipulator.
Though I operate out of an American Realist tradition I also draw upon aesthetic inventions from Surrealism and Pop Art--all artists who represent the ordinary in extraordinary ways. Figuration, the object, and the perception of the world can be presented in infinite ways. I continue to interpret and represent my world view in an ever-evolving process.
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