I have a great love of the theatre, in which I trained throughout college and graduate school. In my undergraduate years, I studied scenic design, as well as other technical aspects of theatrical production. I spent many hours painting sets, and I believe that those skills are reflected in the techniques I use in my paintings and illustrations.
The first painting I ever did was for a production of The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter. I had participated in the technical crew, and painted a representation of the tree from Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, not only for thematic reasons, but also to provide the typical hotel wall decorations. That was probably the first time I considered painting an activity that I might enjoy.
I think that start is something that is apparent in the work that I do. I enjoy painting whatever catches my attention, but if I can use inspiration to capture thematic elements or to make a comparison, that is what makes it interesting for me. I enjoy the abstract more than the realistic, as the abstract can be interpreted a lot in the same way that plays are interpreted. The viewer's perspective informs the original in many ways.
Sketching is something that I've always done. I enjoy the starkness of impact of the lines. I am learning to use watercolor, and dabble in mixed media. I have lots of different ideas that I would like to try, so I expect a lot of interesting experiences, if nothing else.
I currently paint when I can, work when I need to, and try to enjoy life in general. I've got grown and growing kids, cats, ferrets, and struggle to make plants grow.