Artist Statement: Neighborhood Series
The Neighborhood Series is inspired by my historic neighborhood, the Houston Heights. As an artist, I am drawn to the old, the worn, and the creaky. Unfortunately much of this is quickly disappearing in the wake of progress. With the loss of so many cozy bungalows and other historic structures, I feel a weighty sense of emotion of a collective history lost. My paintings allow me to document a scene that unfortunately may not survive the wrecking ball. I am also interested in bringing focus to the more mundane scenes and settings that go unnoticed in the daily rush. Additionally, the mysteries held behind closed doors and drawn blinds entrance me. While physical structures are the source of my paintings, I use them as a vehicle to present themes of loss and secrecy. My desire is to create a mood and atmosphere with each painting that leaves the viewer curious, unsettled, and questioning, compelling them to fill in the missing details.