The inspiration for my work lies in the materials: recycled and rough-milled woods, shattered glass; the cast away and the broken. These things form the detritus of our world, and carry the dirt and scars of their history with them.
I piece together, and then carve my panels. The layers of paint that follow respond to the carved surface, or to the paint I have already laid down; amending each previous step as the piece slowly reveals itself.
I title my work with fragments of poetry; phrases that are an underlying part of our literary history and collective consciousness. These phrases suggest the themes, and add to the resonance created by the simple visuals of the piece.
My interest in used or abused materials is central to my work. It is an expression both of the life and beauty that exists in the ordinary, and of notions of reclamation and rebirth. The combination of carved texture, rich color, and sparkle of shattered glass acts as a visual reminder of the spirit and light that flows through each of us. My aim is to capture a glimmer of the beyond, and to transform the destruction and decay in my materials into beauty and triumph.