"The year before my father died he gave me all the old family photographs, some dating back to the beginning of photography. I was put in charge of the ancestors. Looking at the faces of relatives I never knew, I felt compelled to connect those faces with narrative and put them out into the world. Each painting begins with a black and white photograph collaged onto the surface. In my earliest story paintings I expanded the original setting of the photo to the whole surface and included literal stories with each. After a while, the paintings began to take a more surreal turn and I let the narrative be written by the viewer. Then I began to play with history itself by fitting the photograph into an iconographical image that belongs to the culture. Surprisingly, history is a pliable thing.
My last story paintings incorporated these old photographs with other collaged elements, including found paint-by-number boards - melding my work into the larger cultural landscape. This last work also carries some subtle mark of environmental degradation or distress."
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots