I paint with all the love and knowing and wonder I have. My work is driven by what I notice around me; trees rustling together, mothers with their children, the peaceful softness of the New Mexico desert, a hand on a shoulder. The one central theme is tenderness. Tenderness can be so strong it brings tears, so delicate it heals trauma, so relentless it shakes us out of apathy. I believe in tenderness. I believe we all need as much of it as possible. We get up, work, face difficulties, conflict, and tragedy; tenderness is a vital counterpoint. I work to bring tenderness to everyday life with my paintings, to make it tangible and brilliant and so fiercely evident it physically warms the viewer.

My technique employs non-traditional application of layers of translucent washes, laying down and lifting off repeatedly. I aim for softness of form and luminescent, ethereal atmosphere.

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