Whether painting on canvas, printing on paper, or sculpting, I am creating an environment. I craft an atmosphere of familiarity with the use of representational imagery. Images of children at play transport us to a carefree time of our youth. Colorful textures of sand and waves return us to a lazy afternoon under the brilliant summer beach sun. Colors, textures and images trigger personal memories which, in turn, connect to emotions and moods. The environments I create are intended as a type of “moodscape”. They serve as a retreat to an alternate place. Some require no thought, just visceral memory. Others take your mind through an investigative process. They stop you cold. The unconventional relationship between conventional images draws you in and tickles you with a desire for clarification. There may be no singular explanation. The work may be a catalyst to examine a different point of view. It may be a device to highlight the humor apparent in our nature. The use of a contemporary palette keeps the work grounded in the present, while the images transfer you to a realm of the past. Titles are sometimes a play on words, reminding you of mankind’s fallibility, or perhaps, purely reflect my ability to laugh at myself. Whether the work leaves the you chuckling aloud or quietly introspective, it is a means for the you to connect more deeply with yourself.