I work by studying the natural and human-made world around me and then make sketches or take photographs of what I have seen. I rarely sketch or take pictures of things that are beautiful or polished; many of my objects and places are worn, broken, or they are being constructed or deconstructed. I generate more finished pieces from those sources.
The finished pieces often become metaphors for larger and more important ideas about the world. So I want to depict the formal and abstract qualities of objects and places, but also make them represent something that is important to me. Modern artists who have influenced my work are Cubist artists, and Kurt Schwitters, Charles Sheeler, Gordon Matta-Clark, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebaud, and the general history of architecture and photography.