Closer Than You Appear

A Discovery of Self
Severance,  Acrylic, mirror on canvas, 18"x18" 

Severance, Acrylic, mirror on canvas, 18"x18" 

Artist Statement

My work is a narrative about the investigation of connections; correlation, causation, and coincidence. My own encounters with spaces, people, and the timing of such lead to both self discovery and a more compelling investigation of cause and effect from those interactions and relationships. In our daily interconnections, we are constantly absorbing new information, impressions, and snap-judgment emotional responses about people, places, ourselves. These experiences may eventually dissipate, but something still lingers, remains with me.

After years of working with the public, I began writing short character sketches and stories about the people I encountered. A gesture, twitch, habit would fascinate me, and I'd often create a storyline for that person. There has always been an especially keen interest in observing the mixing of diverse groups of people, the connections forming between them, and the ripple effects resulting from these chance encounters and momentary kinship.

 How we are impacted by these interactions with one another can be extremely powerful in that moment, or may barely be on our radar. The incorporation of mirror within my current work allows the observer into the piece; a new viewing experience occurs as each person passes in front of it. The result is that people become, however briefly, a transitory part the art itself. 

Hanabi,  Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 18"x24"

Hanabi, Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 18"x24"

Liberation , Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 24"x24"

Liberation, Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 24"x24"

Uninhibited , Acrylic, mirror, glass, paper, watercolor on canvas, 12"x12"

Uninhibited, Acrylic, mirror, glass, paper, watercolor on canvas, 12"x12"

The Veil, Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on wood panel, 12"x36"

Modesty,  Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 12"x12", Sold

Modesty, Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 12"x12", Sold

The Gift, Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 20"x20"

Ego Trip, Acrylic, glass, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 11"x14"

Abyss, Acrylic, mirror on canvas, 36"x24"

Find Me, Find Yourself , Acrylic, glass, paper, watercolor on canvas,  20"x16"

Find Me, Find Yourself, Acrylic, glass, paper, watercolor on canvas,  20"x16"

Shattered, Acrylic, glass, paper, watercolor on canvas, 14"x11", Sold

Chain of Command, Acrylic, glass, mirror on canvas, 36"x36"

Counterforce , Acrylic, mirror on canvas, 18"x18"

Counterforce, Acrylic, mirror on canvas, 18"x18"

Skyscraper,    Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on wood panel, 12"x36"

Skyscraper,  Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on wood panel, 12"x36"

Life Lessons, Acrylic, mixed media, mirror on canvas, 24"x10"

Stellar, Acrylic, mirror, paper, watercolor on canvas, 36"x48"