Artist's Statement

The paintings of totemic horses, bison, stags and birds are inspired by my travels along
the Silk Routes in China, India, Central and Southeast Asia where I researched Buddhist
cave paintings and ancient art to prepare for my own “modern-day, cave-wall paintings.”
I explore the correspondences between ancient art and the contemporary imagination.
The image, painted with thick impasto paint and balanced on the edge of abstraction,
can be read as animal, landscape, still life or abstraction.

In the large-scale paintings of the Birds of the Silk Routes, images are juxtaposed
with petroglyphs and symbols andappear and fade within layers of “strata-like” paint.
Refering to a variety of habitats, the paintings suggest a natural ecosystem in which all
life is interdependent.

My worik includes paintings, prints, drawings, research-based art projects, and

(Detail: Spotted Horse in Claret Field, 2016, oil on canvas 22 x 30 inches)