My paintings are a reflection of expressing that which I find difficult to vocalize. I have struggled with OCD and migraines most of my life so I am always searching for the “lightness of being”...of working to overcome fear and suffering and transcend to a more peaceful place. Pain vs healing, fulfillment vs loss, contentment vs unrest are all important elements in my work.
I discovered art at a young age and went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1993. I occasionally rummage through a box of my childhood creations and enjoy the freedom and expression of that younger self. Over the years, I have been infuenced by artists such as Richard Diebenkorn, Nathan Olivera, Franz Klein, Joan Mitchell, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly to name a few.
I work very intuitively and expressively to bring transparency to raw, authentic emotion. Painting with acrylics on both canvas and paper, I incorporate collage, paint pen, oil pencil, caran d'ache, and ink. Working layer upon layer, always listening to music, I often rotate the canvas until I'm happy with the progression. I make a point to let go of critical thinking, preferring to let my subconscious run the paintbrush.
I love to hear what people see and feel when they look at my paintings. I also hope my work visually connects with and helps others who suffer from similar issues.