Artist Statement

 

Growing up on the Central Coast, I was inspired by the natural beauty of the Monterey and Big Sur area. The raw power and stoicism of the coast drew me in from an early age. Surfing instilled a sense of knowing my place in the natural world around me, as temporary participants against an almost timeless and indifferent backdrop. My paintings strive to capture these fleeting moments of this awareness, amidst the rawness of their environments. Influenced by the literary work of Robinson Jeffers, a writer who lived and wrote about early Carmel, my paintings explore our interaction and relation to the natural world; depicting moments of our awareness and participation in it. It is through looking at and understanding the world around us, we can discover the nature of ourselves. Another influence in my work are the paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, a German Romanticist who depicted the contemplation of nature by employing figures in his paintings against landscapes, in reverence of nature. The stoicism of Edward Hopper's paintings are another contribution to my work and aesthetic sensibilities. I'm drawn to the sense of quiet loneliness and introspection. Charles Rollo Peters, a painter from the 20th century who depicted many nocturnes of early Monterey and Carmel, has also been a major contribution to my own work. I am fortunate to have come from an area with such a rich painting and artistic tradition, which I hope to carry on.