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Human folly in a context of dire circumstances is what drives me to make art. Pride and the downright foolishness of humans fascinate me. Often I use creatures, including dogs and crows, as stand-ins for humans. In one painting it looks like two birds are totally consumed with their discussion while remaining oblivious to gathering clouds; in another painting, they catch the breeze while a huge thundercloud threatens impending doom. I’m always looking for a sweet spot where there is tension, humour and fear at the same time. While my work is typically representational – some pieces move into abstraction. An earlier series on the salmon run considered slow moving water, reflections, and abstraction as colour and movement. These fish overcome tremendous obstacles on their way to spawn, it is just one long struggle and at the end their vibrancy fades and they die. I’m fascinated by an absurd search for meaning, order and control in a world of chaos.