As a child, I delighted in building houses and neighborhoods out of Legos and later drawing flat outlines of those same houses onto paper. The majority of my work over the past decade has aimed to capture a sense of place and architecture through photography, painting, collage, printmaking, and installation. I begin by photographing and sketching architecture in places around the world, in a sense documenting the places that I have visited. My visual diary not only records the specific place and architecture, but also describes the atmosphere, the beauty, the aromas, and the ambience of the location. I do not use the entire photograph. Instead, I frame an area of a building or house abstracting the subject matter, colors, and shapes. A palette of clashing colors is chosen and shapes are repeated to create patterns.
I have experimented with creating whole works of art through painting, monotype, photocopy transfer, and collage and then cutting up those works into smaller pieces. The pieces are then rearranged and sewn together or glued to another surface creating a new piece of art. The viewer is encouraged to look at the architecture in a different way. The idea of taking a work of art and cutting it into pieces relates to how I played with Legos as a child. The Legos were first divided into piles of different shapes and colors and then pieces from each pile were chosen to create one large structure.
My latest work deviates from the structure of buildings and manmade design to the structure of nature and specifically, fungi, while still focusing on the theme of place. As a trail runner and a lover of nature, I spend a lot of time outdoors in the woods. On my running and hiking adventures I gravitate to photographing nature, specifically fungi and mushroom species. In my current installations I have explored and researched the shape, form, and network of fungus both on the forest floor and beneath it. My indoor installations and site-specific outdoor installations aim to capture the beauty of nature and my sentimental attachment to where I discover it.