Artist Statement

       "In every walk of nature one receives far more than he seeks." John Muir

     In the strong call to nature which is imbued in me and in the fight to preserve it, I find I can best express myself visually. I am deeply concerned about the land. I need to energize myself in nature. I fear others are losing this sensitivity. Nature's sensory experience versus malls. Quietude versus loud speakers. Belonging to the land versus owning it. Open space versus development. Pipeline greed and deceit versus healthy environment and life. Clean air, clean water, rich biodiversity--CELEBRATING LIFE VERSUS DESTROYING IT.

     Simply being in nature, I find inspiration and energy while working abstractly or representationally--the style and materials depending upon the image I wish to express. Often I don't know how I will respond until I begin the process of creating. What if this? What if that? What if I glue anti-pipelilne newspaper articles to canvas or paper and then develop the work from there? What if I apply rice paper, dirt, acrylic paint and acrylic mediium to my work and develop this? What if I embody the sounds of bird calls instead of painting the landscape in front of me? Risk-taking, reflection, development, and surprise are aspects of my process and keep me highly engaged. Along with the natural world, the magic of creativity is my guide.