I have a passion for looking at art and particularly the work of 20th Century and contemporary artists. I would say that several artists have influenced me at various times. However, my work has been as much or more influenced by looking at sources outside the world of art along with always staying connected to my personal history. This way of viewing my mission as an artist was encouraged by various professors in college and grad school.
The need to develop and nurture solid technical and formal practices has been and remains a constant companion, enabling me to bring sources and ideas together. Many of the ideas that come into my work, whether literal, symbolic or abstract, come from my small town conservative Christian upbringing, filtered through the lens of social and political changes in the 1960’s to the present day. I thrive on the notion that my particular background combined with progressive ideas that have been and will continue to shape our culture, give my work a unique and personal quality that will communicate with a broad audience. Through the processes and materials I use, I hope that my work will create a spark of recognition and/or positive aesthetic and thought-provoking experience for the viewer.