My work explores the idea that painting and drawing have the ability to present inanimate objects in a way that allows the viewer to empathize with them as if they were living and breathing. Walls crumble, swallowed and transformed by the fog and rocks huddle together for shelter. There is a quiet conflict in my paintings between the forms and their surroundings. Their tenuous relationship both defines and is in conflict with the space around them. My painting and drawing process reinforces this tension. The color is often muted and limited; revealing a heavily worked surface of incised lines, thick paint, torn paper and sanded, bare canvas. My work is built up slowly over time, created out of many marks or layers of paint, ink or graphite. The process of making reinforces the content and forces me to slow down and spend time with work. I pick away at my surfaces, often obscuring or undoing my day’s work. This causes my work to contain strong, direct clarity underlined with wavering doubt.