My love of objects goes back to childhood when the simplest of things would keep me looking and wondering for hours. There could be any number of reasons for the attraction, some of which would be size, shape, color, surface or texture, and if the object had moving parts, all the better. My interest in objects has become more intense with time and I find myself spending hours arranging them in some way in order to satisfy a need for harmony, design and solidarity. I am aware of the fact that many have a history unknown to me, and almost all come from different times and places. This only increases their attractiveness. Construction of the still life has a certain ritualistic quality to it, which lends itself well to the reverential aspect that builds as a painting develops. My goal is to communicate this to the viewer.
My other goal is to ensure an understanding of my place in a tradition that was born in the Renaissance, which includes a holistic reverence for nature and the mystery of life. I want to speak to my time as a modern artist steeped in the tradition of painting. I have a desire to create the world as it might be, to understand the underlying need for doing so and to be sympathetic to the desire to express this need with paint in the twenty-first century.
I would like my art to be as powerful as a great work of architecture or musical composition. Great works of art are something like icons for me; they possess a soul. I would like my work to be the same.