artist statement

In the creation of my art, I tap from the well of emotions acquired from living life – all it’s joy, follies, contradictions, hypocrisy, love, lust, pain and frailties, and more often than not, the fragile balance between elation and despair. My addiction is in striking a chord where emotional beauty and painful reality exist on the same plane.  In simplest terms, this is my therapy and conduit to my subconscious.

What compels me in the creation of my work: to mesmerize – to draw myself deep into my subconscious world and savor the striking of a vein of emotion. There is a point in the creation of each piece when, without realizing it, I’ve stepped back, stopped working, and been lost, immersed in the emotion of the piece for sometimes hours. That’s when I know the work is done.

I am drawn to creating abstract and representational styles of work because of the freedom from artistic restrictions in conveying the sense of being that exists in each piece. I love experimenting with color, light, texture, and movement. An over-simplified example of my creation process is as follows: 1. envision the emotional component of a scene 2. break that scene down to the visually most simple components  3. add color, texture, and movement that fits the emotion I had when in the scene. Abstract art conveys powerful emotions – the pieces slow me down and put me in a different place.

materials – I use acrylic as my base medium because of it’s mixing and bonding properties and because It lends itself well to experimentation.