Artist Statement

AstmntMy art practice consists of pencil drawing and oil painting. My drawings create dream-like landscapes using repeating cross lines with hard pencils (H-10H). This slow process results in drawings that are very subtle and soft in mood. In the past few years I have created landscapes drawn from the West Coast where I have been hiking from one point to the next, observing scenes of nature as though they were sequences in film. My art expresses and documents indefinite engagement with nature and the universe. I am always in pursuit of simplicity, and the essence of my art is expressed in hand-made drawings that feature primitive lines created with pencil.

My paintings focus on the subtleness of color, balanced by a layering technique of oil paint and tempera paint on linen. For decades I have been exploring Northern Canada, the Pacific Northwest’s coastal wilderness, and the deserts of Southwestern United States. This nature offers me an outer landscape that is in dialogue with my inner landscape.