I begin each of my paintings with a compositional idea in mind and a narrative derived from my day-to-day experience. The narrative may be based on a personal exchange or driven by an object in my studio. Recently the narrative in my work investigates objects that make up my day-to-day life: flowers from my garden, postcards hanging in my studio and small trinkets I have kept over the years. I arrange them on a milk crate against my painting wall, look at the light, and observe how a flower leans towards a postcard. They are arranged in a way that allows me to investigate the formalities of painting: the accumulation of paint marks, color, and value to form an image. While the formal properties are important, they are only a vehicle. It is the time spent looking at the objects, and painting them, that allows them to be transformed into something larger.
I began painting flowers after receiving bouquets for the birth of my daughter. The action of giving flowers is a tradition we still partake in for the birth of a child, a gift for a lover, the death of a friend. It is a way to communicate a deep emotion that we may not have the words to express. In that way, flowers are a way to visually communicate, like a painting.