ARTIST STATEMENT

My work explores iconographic aspects of mundane objects that are found in our environment and daily routines.  Through a meticulous painting process I examine the distinctive characteristics of symbolic figures and enable a more intimate interaction with a generic object. The oil paint medium allows me to investigate the provocative and fluid space between physicality and flatness, materiality and image.  Having been trained as a Byzantine icon painter, I developed a devotional approach to selecting subject matter and creating paintings.  With each work, I solidify the objects in a state of reverence and reexamine my own position as an artist within the world.