I am intrigued by the American landscape and the intersections where the land meets sea and sky. My work explores nature’s forces, shifting light and the ever-changing movements that shape and bend the terrain. Place and time are important to me. Certain spots draw me to them: Half Moon Bay in California, the eastern shore of Maryland and Virginia, the deserts of the Southwest. Photographing and sketching the sources of many of my paintings happens at early dawn in the moments before the sun breaks the horizon. In the words of Don Juan, the Tarumara shaman of Carlos Casdenadas’ anthropological studies, it is the time when the spirit can slip more easily between different worlds and realities. To me, that is what a work of art is about, discovering a way to suspend the moment and slip into a different subjectivity, one that connects us to memory, nature and spirit.
I grew up in southern California where I surfed the cold, powerful waves of the Pacific Ocean and explored the nearby deserts and mountains. I now live on the east coast in the environmentally critical Chesapeake Bay region. I have spent time with my daughters along the Gulf Coast rebuilding houses following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and have seen first-hand the beauty, fragility, and sometimes destructive power of nature. My paintings are not idyllic postcards, rather they are reminders of the slender place we occupy at the edge of the elements.