Artist’s Statement

Dysthymia, 2017

I’m not much interested in realism; we have cameras to capture reality today. My goal is to create something interesting that did not previously exist.

I have always painted, beginning as a child with finger painting. I wanted to be an artist from a young age but was discouraged from pursuing it as a career in favor of more “practical” occupations, but, to paraphrase the late John Lee Hooker, if the art is in you, it has to come out, and eventually it did.

I dabbled with painting in high school and during my time at Western Carolina University, before life and the challenges of work and family pushed me away from the easel for nearly twenty years. I began painting again in 2004, and except for a brief dormant period following the death of one of my parents, I haven’t slowed down since.