Artist Statement

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My work as an artist and as a clinician with a mental practice has always centered on the language of the face and body . Careful observation and analysis of the possible meanings lying beneath the surface expressions of the face and body are essential to both kinds of work. Understanding the power of those expressions to convey hidden meanings and emotional states informs my painting which is mostly psychological and figurative.

I prefer to paint images that are beautiful, ambiguous, and quiet using classical, multi-layered painting techniques in acrylic and pastel. I paint women because that is the life experience I relate to the most. The faces and figures of the women that I paint are not meant to be portraits, but, rather, expressions of psychological truths and moments in time. Sometimes, I include objects or nature in my figurative work for emotional or symbolic value. I hope to connect with viewers through images that are emotionally evocative and meaningful.