“I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?” – Nina Simone
My artwork reflects a deep concern about the causes and effects of the destruction of the earth’s climate made by man-made global warming. I am aware that this stressful development fuels increasing tension, injustices and serious hardship globally. As a result, I am using my artistic voice to raise awareness about the perils of plastic pollution; threatening greenhouse gasses caused by the mining, transporting and burning of coal; dangerous rising seas due to melting glacial ice; and the frightening prospect of planet contamination by nuclear radiation.
The topics are difficult. I struggle with them and the resulting paintings reflect my own personal attempt to narrate these disturbing topics. As an artist I am creating works that bring a very different approach and view than what is found in the scientific and academic worlds. I know that art has the power to challenge me and also to change the world to make it a better place.
I paint on paper and canvas and use a variety of oil and water based pigments. My work varies from realistic to semi-abstract with sizes as small as 6” x 8” to as large as 54” x 54. When I actually put brush to canvas, and although I do have an outcome in mind, the subject matter I am working with determines the style I end up employing. I am definitely inspired by a variety of artists, both past and present. Some of my favorite artists are Helen Frankenthaler, Howard Hodgkin, Eugene Delacroix and Ross Bleckner. I am also incorporating digital media in my paintings.