As a painter, I observe and record my surroundings as a way to connect to the urban spaces I move through. While being an observer may engender feelings of estrangement, it allows me to focus on a moment in time when a certain light or spot of color catches my attention. I am drawn to the seemingly unremarkable areas of a city - construction sites, back alleys, apartment blocks, and empty street corners, as their unfinished states of impermanence and loss seem to mirror my own development as an artist. Here, patterns of light and shadow, and above all color, engage my attention and become my subject matter, taking on meaning during the painting process. My paintings develop in layers from thin washes to areas with thicker paint. What is left unworked is as important as areas where brushwork defines form. I am looking for the moment when everything comes together to capture what I have seen and felt about a particular space, into a memorable image. I see my paintings of urban landscapes and the objects that fill them as portraits of spaces I’ve experienced perhaps only fleetingly, but that have nonetheless left me with strong impressions of vitality.