I work from life and the studio, from pictures and memory.

    The immediacy of working out of doors allows me to respond directly to subjects whose colors and shapes form the skeleton of my paintings. I work at the intersection of representation and abstraction. In my series, “interrupted landscapes,” I have imposed a grid onto the landscape to represent the intrusion of development upon the natural setting. My latest painting, “Garden,” was done both in situ and from photographs. It is a celebration of what can exist in one small space if animals are allowed a habitat.

    When working in nature I work fast, borrowing from color and light, shapes and shadows. In the studio I keep the same sense of urgency and freshness of color by allowing the early drawings of my paintings to come through and meld with successive images. Whether the painting is large or small, I try to remain true both to the expressive stroke and to suggestion.