Storytelling, history and biology are the core interests fuelling my work. I’m attracted to intricate structures, and subjects that suggest a hidden narrative; they range from vast landscape views to quiet still life studies and anatomical sketches.
Much of my painting stems from hiking and is as much about the areas I haven’t explored – the valleys in the distance, or the cave on the far shore – as it is about the landscape I see up close. I paint the aspects of a place that seem to hold stories and a dash of mystery, as well as intricate close-up views of natural structures. I’m particularly interested in traces of historic and Prehistoric people, in the remains of their structures or the enduring aspects of the landscape they inhabited.
I work mainly from photographs, and the process of rendering the subject in paint is a kind of exploration of it, and often leads me down research rabbit holes about the object or area and its stories.
I paint in miniature as well as life-sized and in-between, depending on what I want to draw out of the subject. I enjoy pouring a vast landscape into a painting the size of a playing card, but also enjoy bringing a life-sized illusion to a wall in a trompe-l’oeil painting.