"Painting for me is a means to better navigate the world and more clearly articulate my experience within it. I don’t begin a painting with intention about content: I do have intention about quieting myself and heightening receptivity. I see my work as a conversation - listening to what is just beyond what I hear and see, and responding. I try to follow the lines and the colors. They most often lead me into consideration of horizons, trees, clouds, water and earth formations, but I'm particularly interested in what lies between. I love ambivalence. I want the forms to be recognizable, but just barely. I want them to shimmer with something not definable as form, but not alien to it either. I want to root the paintings in earth, and have them float above, simultaneously. I believe the essences of things are elusive and ineffable, and the gift of the arts (for me, painting) is that they bring us nearer, help us to dwell for awhile in the vicinity of essence. I believe this is where the most profound beauty, truth, and goodness reside, and it is certainly where I draw my inspiration."