My painted worlds have their own rules, affects and expressive landscapes that speak poetic truth rather than literal rendering. what seems the most absurd or ambiguous can speak eloquently of what is rarely acknowledged. I continue to be surprised by the humor that emerges. In these painted worlds a triangle can do a polka, a wedding cake can flee, a curl become an escape route, a dot can sing. They create their own laws and hierarchy, and somewhere I'm sure a dot really is singing.
When I work on paper I prefer the simplicity and earthiness of watercolor. I use a bamboo pen I made while attending the Boston Museum School, along with a variety of brushes. When I was in China, I found a sheep hair brush made by a brush maker in Shanghai and since then have added other long-haired Chinese brushes. The paper I use for this series is handmade in India from recycled cotton and supports a small Indian community industry. Its idiosyncrasies add to the dialog with the paper. Painting is a meditative process for me, one that fosters an appreciation of the human spirit and where I experience the equalizing power of the natural world.