This show draws from a number of different influences. Recently it has been everyday objects such as boxes of food and beverage
containers. I first noticed them at the breakfast table and in the recycling bin. Associations arise as packages became more
familiar. What'd begun as spacing out while looking into the fridge led to meandering through different grocery stores, looking
for food based not on brand, contents, or pricing but on design, emblem, and color. Packages, cans, plastic bottles became
miniature worlds, that could be arranged into constellations.
Close up, flat planes of color on the labels sometimes suggest deep space. Likewise deeper spaces beyond these still-life
landscapes sometimes seem to flatten. While painting, a dialog ensues between these real and imagined depths. As the scope
of the paintings are broadened, the geometry of the room and perhaps people in the room, as well as the landscape beyond
the studio window, begin to intertwine and suggest a new narrative; a narrative of forms that goes beyond utilitarian function
and becomes closer to pure shape and distance.
At night I work near street lamps, especially in areas where there is elongated and oblique angled architecture. It seems
that the identity of what is being painted breaks down sooner into shape and color. Areas and spaces have an original purpose,
an intended function. What becomes interesting in these paintings is when the original identities begin to slip away and a
new connection takes place, one enmeshed with emotion, memory and internal stories.