I explore the paradoxical interaction of human nature and the natural world. We live within and are dependent on nature, yet because of our “nature” as investigators, inventors, builders, and molders of our environment, we degrade it. Radiant cities offering beauty, creativity, entertainment and opportunity, also emit blight and waste. Digital realms allow illusions of floating free of earth,and other creatures, yet we still seek feelings of awe, soothing, and primal connectedness we find in nature.
My work invites viewers to feel both realities – the sublime and the degraded – as they occur in our present moment. I draw my inspiration both from natural patterns and objects, as well as cities. Artists like Bruegel, Turner, Mark Bradford, William Kentridge and Anselm Kiefer inspire me because they embed human structures in landscape to make us deeply feel the often tragic, sometimes joyful, contradiction of our nature within the environment. I would like viewers of my paintings to be drawn in by beauty to contemplate what is appealing and disquieting within.