I have always been attracted to old surfaces touched by other hands and lives; witnesses to events that have occurred long ago. I’ve visited the fresco walls of Pompeii, Oplontis and Ercolano many times. Etched into these painted walls is the endurance of human desires and beliefs as well as the natural realities of destruction and decay. These works have survived to eloquently speak to us and entice our imagination to fill in what has been worn away. As works of art, the wall paintings around Vesuvius possess a strikingly contemporary power.
In their attention to surface and image, these mixed media paintings are evocative commentaries on our relationship to history, our natural environment and to an art tradition of abstraction and representation. It is my hope that these images provoke an emotional and thoughtful experience about art and nature.