Gathered from my studio desk and garden, the objects in these paintings surround me daily, becoming the words in my visual language. By itself, each image has a history and unique meaning. The ring, for example, my wedding ring, glitters with rigid perfection. It's mate, the flexible and ordinary rubber band, was one of many on my desk. Both are made to encircle, but with very different results. Bound together in one frame, their juxtaposition raises questions about the nature of preciousness, marriage and utility. I think of how children first put words together, coming up with sparkling combinations that breathe new life into language. In these paintings, I explore the same process, with a child's mixture of intent and randomness, and the urge to communicate at the simplest level.