Orange Playing Cards on an Octagonal Table, 2023, Oil on Canvas, 40 by 44"
My current work represents an investigation of collection. Specifically, how collection exists in and out of the context of painting. What does it mean to collect, gather, bundle, pile, group, relate, congregate, or stack? How and why do two or more objects come to be together? Sometimes, collection is familiar and curated. Other times, it is accidental and subconsciously dismissed. In my work, I embrace and question the concept of traditional still life painting through known and unknown spaces.