I have been working with computers for many years and bring my knowledge of technology to my work as an artist. I use a variety of media, exploring drawing, painting, sculpture and photography while continually bringing images to the computer to modify, print and then combine again with other media. I have also experimented with video and installation, adding the dimensions of time and space to my work.
I often focus on nature, using branches, roots, flowers and other natural found materials for inspiration. I have made reliefs, placing dead plants and roots over abstract imagery and distressed handmade paper. I work until I find a moment of resonance between the plant material and the imagery. Recently I have focused on creating relief images with wire, paper and cloth, continuing to get my inspiration from nature but not using any plant material.
For my photographic work I am continually drawn to nature, often working with dying flowers and, using the computer, turning them into something alive. These works combine the beauty of nature with the reality of decay.
With an extreme close-up lens on my camera, I am able to find abstraction in the minute. I often capture tiny sections of dead flowers and other plant materials, finding imagery that feels like body … inside of body, scarred body. I am amazed at the connection, at this micro level, between plants and humans.
When I began woodcarving, I responded to the imagery that I discovered in found roots and stumps. The results are fantasy creatures, part human, part animal with allusions to dragons and gods. Again I am transforming nature, creating something alive from something dead.
In these sculptures as in most of my work, I use the computer as an artistic tool, testing modifications before I actually carve the wood. This merging of the analytical and artistic is another reflection of my life, where my long experience with technology is now blending with my need for artistic expression.