A collection of antique fabrics, dolls, and glass and ceramic vessels inspired my early investigations into representational form. Using those elements in edgy vignettes, I created a rich and mysterious surface influenced by my love of surrealism. Colors were dark and low-saturated.
I began merging abstraction into my work. The abstract forms amplified the representational images and suggested my color palette, which then became more highly saturated. Photographing unusual-looking strangers as well as family and friends, I replaced the images of the dolls in my earlier works.
Currently my process involves completing an abstract painting, which can take several months. I cover the surface, and while the paint is still wet, I begin drawing more representational figures. I then recover some of the underneath abstraction, and this is an exhilarating part of the journey, because this is when the painting emerges from its environment and assumes its place in the world.
It is important to me as an artist that viewers be seduced into my paintings and that, once immersed, they will interpret the work. I hope my images provoke aesthetic pleasure through rich color, evocative subject matter, and the vocabulary of painting.
New York, March 2015