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Artist Statement

The inspiration for my current body of work stems from concepts associated with memory and interpersonal relationships, as well as the connection between the mind and body. Recent paintings juxtapose improvisation and intentionality to interpret visually an anxious mind. An inner dialogue immerges as I continuously react and respond to the painted surface. Impulsive mark-making paired with chaotic and ordered gestures reflect the irrational and calculated.  I typically begin by working intuitively, experimenting with form and color. Throughout the process of layering my materials, the compositions transform into a record of thought, reaction, and expression referenced by underlying symbolism. Painting on unstretched canvas allows me to work in and around my composition as I frequently paint on the wall, rotate the canvas, and lay it on the ground. Art making has been a way for me to become fully present, use my imagination, and explore my innermost thoughts and feelings.  Artistic expression and exploration with materials drives my work and provides a means for introspection.

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"If I could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint.”

Edward Hopper