Within the same species of oak—particularly for species in the red oak group— when roots meet, they very often graft, this is, their vascular systems join and in essence, they become one flesh…1
- William Bryant Logan, Oak: The Frame of Civilization
In my practice, I am mindful and attentive. When I am creating, there are moments of chance which I embrace but also moments when my attention centers upon observing the possibilities of composition and then manipulating materials based upon my observations. As a multifaceted artist, I possess a desire to comprehend and interpret a number of subjects and then to express and reveal, as well as to educate.
Because variety exists within my visual language, my works are dynamic, offering aesthetic pleasure and intellectual stimulation to a diverse audience. My practice derives profoundly from personal experiences in the outdoors and perceptions in my life formed in response to observation of ecological systems.
My knowledge of the natural world stems from my growing up on a family-operated farm and with a family of naturalists and conservationists. It seems to me that much of the time my experiences outdoors are a blissful revelations of the interconnections among all organisms. At other times such revelations are extremely poignant. My family and I rejoice in the rich diversity of healthy ecosystems, and thus we are passionate about good land stewardship based upon scientific thought and careful planning. We work untiringly to protect and restore natural communities on our lands.
Because my artwork is truly a personal statement and a communication of my own unique perceptions, I feel a degree of vulnerability as I offer up my works to the viewer. Yet, because I am so enthralled by the natural world and am quite aware of the significance of land ethics necessary for the continuation of a healthy vibrant ecosystem, I strive to influence the perceptions of others. I accept the responsibility of doing so.