Artist Statement

Through two-dimensional art making, I explore relationships between objects not normally associated – like beer cans and razor blades– and between objects commonly associated – like toothbrush and toothpaste. The subject matter of my drawings, paintings and prints includes landmarks and landscapes, work tools and work clothes, flowers and football.

I employ oil paint on canvas, ink with conté on paper, charcoal on paper, and woodcut printing. I employ thick brushwork and mark-making with trompe l'oeil techniques. I also paint with a hard surface utensil – often a palate knife.

My larger paintings use greater-than-typical trompe l'oeil distortion, anticipating the viewer will observe from a specific location. I do this to continue the tradition of American trompe l'oeil painting while seeking the limits of the technique.