I am an observational artist who paints common things that are rarely scrutinized. I often discover surprising relationships and beauty. My subject matter is usually considered ‘backround.’ These images are without humans, yet formed by their presence. I think of them as character actors in an ensemble. I am frequently astonished at what is revealed by looking closely at something familiar but not used to examination. I believe if I look hard enough, I will find an encoded message that tells a deeper truth about our culture. As often, I end up finding something about myself.