Artist Statement

My work explores the axis of oil and capital or more specifically oil paint and American paper currency. I make collages from numberless bits of Xeroxed copies of American paper bills of all denominations. A completed collage becomes a preparatory image for an oil painting. These works reassemble the mythic content of US currency and produce new imagery consisting of elements stellar, terrestrial, biological, and architectonic. Many of the images use a rudimentary Cartesian coordinate system that generates effects of mirroring, inversion and reversal in an attempt to produce an act of speculation in the original sense of the word.