The way I understand and navigate the world has always been profoundly influenced by what I 'see'. 'Seeing' as not an isolated or literal experience, but an interpretive and accumulative one - reflective of biology (including all my senses, especially touch, as well as genetic and neurological propensities) and specific concerns and accidents (of both the personal and the broadly cultural).
The consequent activity, making things, is a way of signposting, to myself, my engagement with the world and communicating it to others. In the studio, as much as I ever will, I know who I am and have a sense of what I'm about. It has always been my laboratory and refuge.
My work has an aspect of eclecticism - something that was encouraged when I was a student and something I encouraged as a teacher. For me it underpins the unpredictable possibilities of invention (the pursuit of the unexpected) - moving from what I know/am to what I might become/understand.
There is also an evolving thread in my work, keeping connections - themes/ideas being revisited, bringing newer experiences to bear upon the 'dialogue' - through the accumulative warp, which is my perception.
As a student I began to work in 'series' - arranging half a dozen canvases or sheets of paper, of the same size, around the walls, to be worked on simultaneously. This process made me less precious, leaving me open to the unexpected - finding liberation through theme and variation. An approach I still employ today.
Born and raised in New York City I now live in Bristol, England. Urban energy was, and is still, a significant influence. The pulsating layering and weaving of spaces, activities, rhythms: fragmentation, chaotic clashes and celebration.
I tend to see what I do as primarily 'drawing', regardless of the medium or vehicle, in that it is a journey on the way to 'becoming', with, thankfully, no prospect of arriving. A continual repositioning or reconfiguration of questions and proposals.
Hopefully, this has been a useful introduction, but it, and additional pieces of text, on this website, are not meant to be definitive road maps. The work does not depend on them. Please feel free to 'wander' at will, employing your own point of view or travel without any preconceptions.
Feedback is always welcome.