I revel in applying paint to a surface to explore how various pigments react and interact with one another. I'll use anything to apply paint to achieve the desired result--this includes various brushes, knives, cardboard, garden tools, kitchen utensils, and so on. I like the process of creating various effects and want the process to be evident in the final product. I am fascinated by the timeless quality of old stone and metal walls and the myriad signatures of time left on these surfaces. Nature's process is always evident in her products and this inspires me. I find that oil paint is the best medium to enable me to create or recreate nature's effects. To accomplish this, I apply paint in several layers. It is a time consuming process that involves the scrubbing out of some areas and the building up of others. It is a process that celebrates the journey as much as the final product.
Art critic and art history professor Anne M. Wagner, in a review of paintings by Mary Heilman, asked the question "What world can a painting summon?" It is my intention that my work compels the viewer to ask questions such as this with the added realization that the responses will differ depending on the viewer's state of mind. I attempt to create work that enables a viewer to reflect and enter into a space that can be both temporal and ephemeral. That is, works that have a timeless quality while being relevant to a viewer's state of mind at a particular time. I like to work in a series to explore to the fullest extent where a particular theme or motif will take me. My latest series of paintings is part of a project I will call Past, Present, and Future Tense. It is my aim, that any one of these temporal realities can be invoked by a viewer depending on the viewer's mood and frame of reference.