Mary Oliver writes of the creative self:
"It likes the out-of-doors. It likes the concentrating mind. It likes solitude.... Its concern is the edge and the making of a form out of the formlessness that is beyond the edge."
I am most aware of Earth's dynamic interconnections when I am in remote wild places, alone, with a concentrated mind. In my artwork, I reference shifting states of air, water and earth. I apply multiple layers of beeswax and pigment, building and scraping away bits of shapes, colors, lines and textures until the entire surface is worked, bits of previous layers are revealed and, with no shape or layer more important than any other, all intertwine to support the whole. My abstractions are often just on the edge of specific figuration to invite viewers to engage their imaginations, examine the similarities of small sections of each painting to the whole, and reflect on these paintings as a reference to the life-giving forces of nature.