I enjoy working with a traditional still life form, such as a single flower, a bouquet, or plant and in presenting the object in a simple manner. A beautiful flower or plant creates a poetry of wonder and mindfulness. The inspiration for my subjects often comes from a wide variety of sources -- from a bouquet of fresh cut flowers or a trip to my backyard garden -- or from a wide range of books, including old seed catalogs and botanical illustration collections.
My work is also influenced by illuminated manuscripts, stained glass windows, Japanese art, Art Nouveau, children's art, and simple cartoons. I use colored pencils to convey the simplicity of form and enhance the form's color and light. I have also worked in other mediums such as acrylic paint to create murals, altar pieces, and paintings for several organizations in my hometown of Acton, Mass.