The idea of multiple realities within nonlinear time is the focus of my new work. Informed by poetry, Byzantine and Northern Renaissance painting, a recent art residency in Assisi, Italy, Dante's Paradiso and Inferno and the Hindu epic The Ramayana, among others, my paintings and book art depict otherworldly environments, usually inhabited by a lone figure lost in a chaotic world.
 
I sometimes paint over journal pages, doodles, and in Mostly Bad Ideas, index cards with ideas for artworks never executed.  Transforming personal ephemera into art is a way of layering meaning and witnessing the passage of time through personal history.  Combining additional fragmented 'puzzle pieces' from various cultures and archetypes, and also from the natural world, is a way to explore the concept, from both Western physics and Eastern philosophy, that all phenomena is interdependent and interconnected.  Daily, we are bombarded with images of endless and conflicting realities, in the news and elsewhere.  Creating, morphing, layering and juxtaposing images to find relationships between them is my way of making sense of it all.
 
The “handbook” drawings began by discovering a vintage 1944 book, The Hands of Children, by J. Spier and F.W.W. Simon, linking hand shapes with mental illness.  I was intrigued, and have been painting over its pages, creating groups of six drawings, framed as one, in open-ended narratives. 
 
Over the years, I have experimented with a variety of media and techniques, including iron oxide, beeswax, paraffin, slate, blood, mosaic tile, sound, found objects, etching, aquatint, lithography, oil, acrylic, gouache, chine colle, glow-in-the-dark paint, and metal leaf.