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 detachment, 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 and banal states of being suggest an imperfect human presence. Patterns of light and shadow, and above all color, engage my attention and become my subject matter, taking on meaning through the painting process. My paintings develop quickly, my goal being to keep a light touch, and be open to what the image needs. What is left unworked is as important as areas where brushwork defines form. As I search for the essence of what I have seen and felt about a particular space, I sense a tension between stillness and movement; between the remains of the past and the inevitability of change. How a city and its inhabitants manage to exist at this sometimes uncomfortable meeting point gives me endless material no matter where I happen to find myself.