My paintings celebrate things we have in common, like an obsession with a film character, or a universal experience captured in a vintage photograph. When my mother developed dementia, I became interested in exploring the concept of memory. The vintage photos I paint often mirror our own daily lives and remind us of a shared history and the importance of telling our stories. The best stories are usually the ones that start with, "Remember that time ...?" The kind of story that you and your friend can still laugh about after the millionth retelling. Stories connect us and transport us to a time when … well … you just had to be there.
My favorite made-up word is “sonder” …. the realization that each passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. My paintings invite conversations to reminisce & share stories from the past. They help connect us to each other through our shared history. Sonder (from the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows https://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/23536922667/sonder)