My work hinges on the idea of humanity as a natural force, and explores interactions between civilization and wilderness. Though we often consider the wilderness and the wild as separate from our social and physical structures, but I find their interconnectedness to be critically important to understanding our relationship to these ideas, and ultimately ourselves.
The act of painting serves as a vehicle of learning, as well as expression. Letting paint form rivulets and eddies beyond my control, or working with the organized sensibilities of human design, helps me to understand how human civilization is possible over a wilderness disinterested in, though integral to, human needs. Through this work, I hope that both the viewer and myself might find a path toward an understanding of our relationship to the natural systems the exist beyond our control, and explore the idea that civilization and wilderness are often simply different maps of the same territory.