I am a realist painter, but I take my cue from Emily Dickinson who wrote, "tell all the truth but tell it slant."   Although my compositions appear to be traditional and very formal, the still lives reflect my personal point of view, and things aren’t always what they seem to be.  The highly reflective subjects are culled from hand-me-downs alive with family history and childhood memory.  While referencing a time past, these objects exist very much in the present.  I couple the stately and staid with contemporary and alive, fleshy things, creating the suggestion of a dialog with the past.  My paintings tease the viewer’s vision with a hint of what is out of sight.  By focusing in and cropping, I lose the bigger picture to discover another dimension.  But always I am reaching for a richness, mood and ambiguity that will engage, and an energy and beauty to sustain it.