"My heritage as an American informs, in multiple ways, my identity as a painter. The spirit of animals inspired the earliest Americans, and they continue to form an important part of our collective imagination even in modern times. I personally experience this influence, which is both sublime and universal. I feel that my broad, gestural brush strokes reflect the dynamism and interconnectedness of the vast animal kingdom. At the same time, by making these marks as a painter, I hope to visually connect and integrate their timeless forms with key elements and themes in the wider environment, politically and humanistically."