Artist’s Statement

 

   

My artwork usually begins with a problem- an issue that I am personally addressing in my own life that needs to be worked out and experienced visually.  The "problem" blossoms into psychologically charged imagery that tells a story.  My narratives examine the complex and ambiguous nature of human relationships within the domestic setting.

For example, in “Birthday Surprise” I wanted to address the difficult transition of childhood to adolescence from the parent's point of view.  In this work, a mother bursts into the bedroom adorning a child’s party hat and cake.  Where is the birthday boy?  She discovers her son having sex and is aghast.  I painted this piece because my son recently turned 15.  He is at an age when kids start to have girlfriends and become sexually active.  This can be a difficult time for parents as they are challenged let go of the sweetness and innocence of childhood and allow their teenagers to become adults.  

In "Paradise Lost," a teenage girl lies in a fetal position on the grass during her birthday party.   She is caught between the two worlds of childhood and adulthood. Her infantile position represents her longing to be taken care of.  Though she is separate from her parents, her hair is still attached to her father's leg, signifying her continued dependence.  The parents sit exhausted and overwhelmed as they endure the onslaughts of hormonal changes, mood swings, and fluctuations of dependance and independence that a teenager goes through as they transition to adulthood.