I paint the fragility of the childhood experience. I use animals to best represent the agility and innocence of childhood, an undiluted view of the world.
Animals exist alongside of us, though they essentially experience life in an unadulterated way. They have no verbal language or social obligations to manipulate how they view the world around them. This perspective fascinates me.
As kids, we are unencumbered by physical limitations and largely unclouded by pre-conceived thoughts about the world. Most experiences are new, we lived those moments in the present, and simple things brought us the most joy. There is a purity about this time that is easily forgotten.
My paintings bring us back to those times. While they represent imagined moments from my personal history, relatable childhood moments allow the viewer to enter and experience the depicted scene with memories of their own. There is no need for a verbal language to understand my work, the visual impact is a silent emotion, a feeling of peace with an understanding and mindfulness of the heart.