My paintings and collages describe contemporary life via the cultural and natural landscape. I have spent the last several years wandering from place to place immersing myself in distinctive cultures in order to get a sense of place. I embrace the culture, observe and then record. I build up a library of images: figures, patterns and landscapes. I photograph people as they go about their everyday life and then draw or paint from the photographs. The patterns I create are drawn from local iconography. Animated, alive with color and whimsy, my work describes distinctive landscapes where the complexity of pattern swallows up human figures and architecture. It is an intimate and awkward setting reflecting an unusual blend of worldliness and naiveté.