My work has always involved a variety of media and processes including found object assemblage, collage, painting, and drawing. Often times my work is reflective and nostalgic--
a melting pot of curiosity and a penchant for dark humor, illustrated in heightened color and pattern. I find visual and contextual inspiration from nature, textiles, and myths. Whether my art is based on personal lore or new and invented stories, what remains consistent is a narrative that connects realism with magic.
My connection to a narrative started when I was a child in rural Illinois among an extended family of farmers and laborers with very determined traditions and expectations. The family folklore was told and retold with enough exaggeration to keep your interest. Growing up with these stories gave me a context for all the wonderful pecularities of this farming community. There were Sunday outings when my family would drive to a derailed train site, or a river-flooded valley, or a tornado-destroyed farm, and have our photograph taken to mark the occasion. These photos show up in the family albums along with the pictures of birthday parties and baptisms. My family’s stories are translated into my art in both subtle and obvious ways.