My work is about receiving the whole package of life; the good as well as the bad as the best of gifts. In embracing all of it, I find a certain beautiful spiritual rest for my soul. The pleasure of listening to great music while I paint has let me experience an opening up. In the music I hear the pain and joy of humanity and what it means to be truly alive. The imagery of musical instruments is significant because of the unspeakably rich passion I hear from them.

Elements of nature are also a common thread; flowers, trees, streams, etc. To me the tiniest things in nature are comforting in this big, ever-changing world. The figures are portrayed in the stick-like forms because I feel we are fragile, almost ephemeral. I seek harmony and depth in the color and formal space of the canvas – a feeling of both darkness and lightness.