Extraordinary paintings of ordinary objects are intoxicating to me. There is something irresistible about such paintings, particularly those which capture something of the style and mood of the great artists from the past. My goal in each of my oil paintings is to reflect a bit of their magic. I am especially fascinated by the subtleties of surface color, texture, light and shadow, captured more mysteriously in "worn" everyday objects. Tarnished metals, crumpled bags, discolored crockery, rusty or jagged edges, antique teacups and natural vegetation are very appealing to me and often invite a more neutral palette. I particularly enjoy the challenge of discovering and revealing the nuances of shadowy areas. My arrangements may be minimalist in nature, for I often prefer a less cluttered composition. I depend a great deal on instinct as I play with objects, striving to create a harmonious tableau, usually arranged at eye level.