|Regarding Environmental Works:
What will the future hold for the earth’s environment, its ecosystems, for every creature great or small? Will the unrivalled intelligence and industry of human beings bring development that improves human lives in a responsible and environmentally ethical manner? Or will we develop at the peril of clean water, soil, and air – destroying all life that depends on these elements. Do we recognize our custodial relationship to the natural world and the long-term implications of our actions? Will we have foresight and control, or will impetuous behavior, greed or laziness bring irreparable damage?
My current work explores the balancing act between human development and the natural world. I like to juxtapose elements of human development (such as construction, the deterioration of urban neighborhoods, sprawl, pollution, war and genetic reengineering) against fragile creatures of nature (such as bees, frogs and butterflies) whose health and populations are sensitive indicators of imbalances. These small, innocent and gentle creatures are also metaphors for my own small, innocent and gentle child and the concern and fear I have for his health as even more areas of the world industrialize to unprecedented levels.
Regarding Figurative Works:
While the soul or the spirit is and remains the true essence of one’s self, our body encapsulates its presence on earth. The body is representative of the soul it contains. Like a ship, it carries us through the journey of our lives. It becomes weathered. It is not infallible. Each body is unique and meaningful in its form. What a particular soul has experienced is often rendered on its surface
I believe every human being can be viewed and celebrated as a protagonist in the story of their life. Each of us struggles with themes of love and loss, success and failure, health and illness, engagement and disengagement, fragility and strength, youth and age. It is through these struggles that life's value is affirmed. I communicate this balancing act within the human condition through the countenance of my figures and the use of black and white. In these soulful and intimate pieces, I hope to put viewers face-to-face with all that is heroic, vulnerable and life affirming in themselves and in all humans.
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