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Artist statement

Two overriding themes in my studio work have been a commitment to narrative and an infatuation with outdoor settings.  These recent paintings do not vary from this but more fully investigate the latter, focusing on land and foliage.  The romance of landscape as evidenced in the work of French rococo painters, Audubon’s birds and animals, forest still lifes, and older botanical illustrations is one springboard for these pieces, with a hint of autobiography as I am a gardener.  While there is no clear narrative the land masses (islands?) would seem to be a good sites for the dramatic action of nature.  My work is revelatory; I rely on sketchbook drawings generated intuitively as the beginning of a series. The further development of these images leads me to a fuller understanding of underlying themes.