Artist StatementBecause art is the non-verbal expression of the artist’s inner self, all art is a self portrait, even when no portrait exists. The actuality of the created work, while it can be a key to the inner life of the artist, should involve the viewer in self-discovery rather than artist-discovery. The work should be pictorially pleasing; it might even give clues to the artist’s intent, but making meaning from the work should be the responsibility of the viewer. Distracting the viewer from the artist’s intent, creating indefinite but evocative images, I intend to leave the meaning up to the viewer, thereby involving him actively in the creative process. I usually work in oils on canvas or graphite on paper, and often use identifiable imagery in the form of symbols. The results of this process surprise me, and the meaning I find in the work surprises me as well.
I have been painting and drawing since childhood. I hold a BFA degree from University of Alabama at Birmingham. I also write poetry and have been published. I have just begun, after twenty years of producing work, to explore showing and selling.