My vision as an artist is to engage the viewer in an internal journey, connecting an exploration of individual character with the context of the world in which we live. By investigating person-centered narratives and internal themes – such as how we carry our past with us always as the lens through which we view life – and the need for human connection, dreams, and memory, my drawings ask how who we are connects us with community. In other words, how do we define ourselves as individuals within our social context?
Drawing is everything to me. I work with a narrative; my work tells a story. I like stories that have intimate yet broader community implications, sometimes as revealed to me through life in Washington, DC, my former work as a counselor in a community mental health clinic, what I’m reading, current events, and social justice and contemporary humanist themes.
I usually work with medium- to large-size paper, often in multiple panels like the pages of a book, using pencil and color pencil because they evoke writing and narration. Each panel stands on its own; together, a larger narrative emerges.
The result, I hope, is thoughtful, intriguing, accessible, and human … and a bridge between self-exploration and how we may translate such understanding into action in our present world.
I have drawn all my life. I currently work full-time in my studio at the 52 “O” Street Studios in Washington, DC.
Above: The Heart is the Human Shield (sold)
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