Distance, home and all the term suggests (love, family, memory, stability) are the basis for these paintings. Trained as a printmaker, repetition is central to my creative process & patterns manifest in technique and imagery. I am greatly influenced by my surroundings and my color palette is saturated, a result of hot weather and a blooming garden. Local plants and birds appear in my compositions, symbols of this south Texas home. Birds also represent the desire for adventure versus stability as they both migrate and nest. The subjects appear in pairs, trios & groups of five (a nod to my family unit), dependent on the narrative. I have become increasingly aware of my geographic distance from my family and this has influenced my most recent work.