My work comes from looking at what is around me. I like to use familial subjects because I feel that there is significance to them that I can discover without parsing it out beforehand. There is an aspect of a personal chronicle to my work in that it contains my family and the places in which we find ourselves; but in regard to the making of the work, I think of these as a backdrop to something that I find visually compelling. This can be something I initially observe or something I discover when arranging a composition. There are the initial colors, shapes and light that I see, and then there is what happens to them when I take a photograph or make a drawing or a painting. A synthesis takes place between these two. I am persuaded by the characteristics of my materials, and I stop short of fully articulating my subject. Instead I try to make colors hum and shapes speak for themselves. I look to avoid conventional images without abandoning conventional subjects. My goal is that the work is multi-dimensional, that it exists simultaneously as personal history, textural surfaces, and constructed images. Read more.