Artist’s Statement

I am an explorer. Making art allows me to explore on many levels: the physical, intellectual, emotional, sensual.

Lifelong passions for art, its tradition and culture, and symbolism inform my mixed media pieces. I favor used materials, especially discarded and everyday items. Sometimes I create with intention and choose images to illustrate a theme. Often I work intuitively, using elements that coalesce into a serendipitous whole. Mistakes are absorbed into the design of a piece and often unexpected patterns emerge in the final composition. I value visual depth, layers, and texture. Opposites attract in my art: found and bought materials, disparate images, either a deliberate or instinctive approach, dichotomous themes, something from nothing.

“The poverty of the materials used in no way precludes the telling of rich and wonderful stories.” El Anatsui