"There are so many ways that human beings are the same, and yet people feel very alone in their own stories. When you are able to tell a story, whether it be photographically or in film, that touches a core story in people, they and you react. They feel recognized and understood and you feel so much less alone in the world."
"I realize that many people might never read what I write in a painting, but I like knowing that if they do, they might find something interesting, like the text in one painting describes how to raise caterpillars, another describes aphrodisiac recipes from around the world. When I’m working on a painting about something deeply personal like family secrets, the text happens organically – I’m feeling, thinking, painting."
"The work often goes through weeks of labor, with many layers of paint, because I like the idea of work to carry weight and substance. Scratches, scrapes, dark colors, soft edges, muted light, energy, quiet. Life contains all of it, why not a painting?"
"My usual coping mechanism during stressful times is to detach a bit emotionally and power through, but I guess there are always cracks in the armor, and these images seem to slip out unbidden."
“The strongest love is the love that can demonstrate its fragility.”
― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
"There's something irreverent about getting muddy. Plus, its related to play and recreation. My mother was OCD about keeping the floors clean, her hair in place. This is all counter to my mud series, which by the way is not appreciated by my parents. They have a visceral reaction to my mud paintings. That's one advantage to being a mature artist, though, there's no time to waste and I do what I want, but they remain scandalized."
"Looking over my body of work, I realize that my figures do express a sense of stillness, introspection and quiet contentment. With the daily onslaught of harrowing news, it is easy to loose hope in the human race. It is my wish that my sculptures bring some beauty, peace and tranquility into people's lives. To connect them back to a place of hope."
"I've always believed that the painting is there if you're willing to do the work and put in the time. It's there if you believe."