Painting for me is a visual experience. Looking, the act of seeing, is a simple, unifying primal experience: light comes through the eyes and we react.
While reference imagery, collage, and memory influence what I make, so do instinctual reactions to what I see as I paint. Whatever I'm reading or thinking about - whether science, history or archaeology - informs what I make. The unpredictable ways in which materials - watercolor, oil, inks - react or are applied fuels the making process. Each new discovery leads into the next. The process is both organic and intentional. I put myself in the center of having and creating this visual experience, yet ultimately my aim is to get out of the way so that someone else can have their own unique visual experience.
Sketching and bookmaking are integral parts of my studio process. Sketching began purely as a drawing exercise and has evolved into a method to experience a place.
My sketchbooks take a few days to several years to complete and are a collection of places and their denizens: people, animals, artifacts, distilled visual cues of environments, and the smashed together, disparate images representing a place.