Artist's Statement

I think of my prints as haikus.  They are not about storytelling or a full narrative. Rather, they are about the memory of a moment, or the fleeting glimpse, or reflections on a place.  They are meant to suggest, not display; to evoke, not describe.  Asian art, particularly the art of China and Japan, has been a major influence on my work.  Suggestion, asymmetry, simplicity, and impermanence -  four basic hallmarks of  Japanese aesthetics – are important elements.  And, like a traditional Chinese landscape painter, I am not interested in exactly depicting a specific mountain, but rather the idea of "mountain-ness.”

My techniques and training are Western – yet I have affinity for what generations of Chinese and Japanese writers and painters have been doing when they put ink to paper. Within my Western sensibilities I interpret those elements, creating my own visual haikus.