I believe that art is always a dialogue with the past. Even the most contemporary forms have meaning in relation to the traditions they confront or subvert.The still life paintings I create take many hours to produce. They are objects of contemplation and afford me the opportunity to consider the many associations within the traditions of still life and the personal associations of the objects chosen for each set up. This series of paintings makes overt references to past styles through direct quotations of specific works or recreations of images “in the style of” past paintings. While each composition may suggest poestic narratives, the most important aspects for me remain essentially abstract – color, texture, touch. It is my wish that no photograph can capture the subtlety of the original.