I think of my work as a diary of the mundane. Like a tourist even at
home, armed with my camera: I collect my compositions and subject
matter from my immediate surroundings, and the places I visit. I look
for strong light, and bright color – elements to excite me as a painter.
Conceptually, I am interested in the landscape of contemporary life:
the spaces, places, and things that exist around us. Landscape and
the way we as a civilization shape it are a major theme of my work.
Lately, I’ve been collecting dumpsters, an emblem of contemporary
urban lifestyle.I love the bright colors, the distressed and rusty metal. I also
find a lot of imagery when I’m driving in my car – the freeways, the
construction, bright orange pylons, piles of earth, big trucks, the
lay of the land and the road. I guess I’m a bit of an
environmentalist, and I am alarmed by the rate of speed our world is
changing right in front of our eyes.
I sometimes feel nostalgic for the old architecture and the open
fields of the past, but I also like to think of my paintings as a way
to slow down the present – a visual meditation on the world we live in.