Artist  Statement

I am an observational painter of objects that have been discarded. Old industry, machines, and tools attract me because of their visual interest, but also because of their stories. Each tool or broken object was originally used to carry out a task or an idea by someone. I feel connected with that story when I take the time to paint or draw.

I am in love with manufacturing, grain elevators, railroad yards, and old factories. As an artist in Minneapolis, Minnesota, I can still find these remnants of forgotten stories in basements, workshops and barns. I paint in oil, collage, on board, canvas and paper. My current interest is in the idea of RELICS. These are items that no longer are used or known. I'm continuing to unpack the idea and exploring the juxtaposition of natural material such as animal bones with manufactured objects. 

As we move toward the digital age, I want to be part of remembering what it was like to hold a tool and build something - something less ephemeral and more concrete.