All living things seem to have a “secret place”; where we wish to be known, and yet can never fully know one another (there seems to be an inexhaustibility to this secret place within us). I am fascinated both by the revelation of something of those secrets where they seem to be neglected, and yet by the perhaps contradictory desire to protect those secrets. Out of my interest in hiddenness and transformation, my imagery often focuses on the humble, the neglected, the overlooked. Cracks in the sidewalk, ruptures in the rock, darkened windows, naked trees; surprises revealing deeper patterns. The very textures revealed by theses patterns intrigues me: the strange beauty of decay! My approach to painting: thin layer upon layer, adding, scraping away or peeling back, revealing and alternately hiding becomes a visual correlation to my thematic concerns.