My recent paintings record my observations that new media are creating access for those living in isolated rural areas such as the Adirondack Park to become engaged with cultural issues and political concerns that go beyond their physical locale. There are frictions here that result from shifting and aging populations, and these I document through ordinary objects and people, frayed cuffs and haloes of light, non-traditional alignments of the pedestrian and the sublime.
I am a storyteller. Each painting begins with or from a conversation with the sitter that contributes to the title of the painting and the carefully curated objects. I use a tablet to create multiple photographic references that are enhanced by my own observations of the figure or figures and the space they inhabit. As a realist, I am fundamentally skeptical of regional norms and cultural trends and I strive to counter my skepticism with detail and accuracy. But where I depart from this is in the use of light to fragment and abstract parts of a form, thus disrupting the visual expectations of viewers. I am interested in the plasticity of paint, the interplay of vibrant and luminous color, and the changing experience of form.
I see this body of work as a complex point of entry into not simply a physical space but to a time in history, and a challenge to the perceptions and easy assumptions we make about ourselves and others.