I find solace in the visual. The visual forms constructing our material world affect me emotionally, and I have a strong desire to capture them on canvas. My first encounter with fine art paintings came unexpectedly at the young age of fourteen, while visiting the Palace of Versailles. Large, majestic paintings filled the walls with color and form. Capturing my imagination and my wonderment, time, I remember, stood still. Drawing had always occupied my young years, but suddenly I saw that making art was much more than idle pleasure. Art, I realized, could express a poetic statement and excite emotions. And that the abstract shapes, the inherent genetic code of material objects, spoke meaning through form. To journey deep into the significance of an object’s form is to find intimacy with its unique visual construct, only enhanced and brought to life through the radiance of light.
Light creates mood and releases color. The artistic expression of mood in my paintings emerges as my canvas comes to life. To witness a city at dusk or a boat gently rocking on water or the folds of drapery…all these image forms speak to me through their own distinct personality traits of soft, hard, textured, fluid, rigid, porous, clear, opaque, sensuous, curvy, blocky. And all of these traits define the visual planet, as we know it. So, as an artist, depicting visual images on canvas is my way of giving poetic expression to the visual phenomena inhabiting our material world.