I start all of my work from observation. “Object Matter”, how material objects exist in the world, creates the narrative of my work. Light plays an important role with color: for example, painting dark into dark, or light into light; painting dark into light, and light into dark. Transitions. Mystery. These are the elements I work with in oil paint primarily due to the gorgeous natural consistency, depth and sheen of oil paint, and ancient transformative qualities of solvent. I like to draw with pencil and charcoal, and have been experimenting with acrylics and watercolor this summer during my long stay in Northern Europe.