These still life paintings were begun in 2021 when we were all living with more uncertainty than life usually throws at us. My reaction as an artist then and now is to look more closely at simple objects collected in my studio. The more attention I gave to them, the more interesting and mysterious they have become to me. I see them at times as a troupe of actors relying on each other for balance in precarious situations.
Also, as a lover of art history, the work allows me to pay a small tribute to some of the artists who inspire me: Vermeer for the beautiful light that he was able to capture, Chardin for his attention to ordinary life, Morandi for his singularity of vision, who I quote: “Everything is a mystery, ourselves, and all things both simple and humble.”
I continue to be inspired by all artists who persist in their craft.