Small Histories is an evolving body of paintings and works on paper that are built around broad themes of absence and presence. The objects in these works have all been held on to over many years, not only for their visual qualities, but for their attachments to certain memories, places and people. Old clothing, dishes, vases, hemlock cones, birds nests, fabric scraps and stones all contain small stories and memories. I image these stories co-mingling across time and space and converging in little vignettes arranged in the studio. Certain elements reappear from painting to painting like characters weaving in and out of intertwining narratives. Figures make themselves know occasionally, but often the human element is absent and only eluded to by the symbols of daily activity; a cup and saucer, a meticulously placed collared shirt, heirloom bowls, seashells from a favorite family trip and various bric-a-brac all overtly staged by the human hand. The stories the objects in these stagings tell are opaque. Their meanings open to a slow unraveling of elusive symbols and connotations; the folds of a christening dress repeat in a sea of white china and shells or bits of bone and dried flowers weaving into the pattern on a cut of fabric. Room has been left open for exploration of the visual and material qualities of the paintings without the trappings of explicit narrative.