FIGURATIVE ARTIST STATEMENT
Several years ago I watched a documentary on the shroud of Turin. I became fascinated by the idea of a piece of fabric that could visually capture a person’s being and hold it for centuries, like a timeless x-ray of the soul. So I began to experiment with what that whisper of a physical self might look like. The path quickly branched out and joined up with my love of gesture drawings, the simple rendering of the human form’s weight and grace with a single stroke, capturing the essence of movement.
My dress paintings lack humans to inhabit the garments. In this, they shine a light on the expectations imposed on women by self and culture. Here I am joining a longstanding dialogue about female self-discovery, self-determination, and self-rooting in society.
In 2013 I worked with a young student on a painting for Operation Aware. Her chosen subject was horses. During the process, I was reminded of my own love of horses, growing up riding in Oklahoma. I remembered how, for years, I had drawn, sculpted, and dreamed of nothing but horses. It all came back to me, all that mythic power and grace. After the completion of the Operation Aware project, I have continued to paint horses, inspired by the cave drawings of Lascaux, reaching intuitively for that iconic, ancient magnetism that horses have held for me.