Combining the media of painting and neon, COSMIC DEBRIS explores the vastness of the universe, the transience of the individual, and the life force that connects all things. The essential pigments in oil paints… the noble gases that animate neon tubes… and the physical architecture of the human body… all are made from the dust of stars. Yet despite our inherent connection to a vast universe, our own human affairs are impossibly small and perhaps accidental in the grand scheme of things. COSMIC DEBRIS highlights this contrast: the impermanence of a single life, the infinite nature of life itself. The juxtaposition is both unsettling and comforting. The neon phrases that illuminate these paintings evoke these enigmas for me: the cycle of breath, the cycle of stars, and the deep serenity that comes from contemplating the night sky.