Artist Statement

I create art to inspire the imagination. By inspiring the imagination, I teach people how to play with uncertainty - to meet their fears and befriend the Unknown.

My process begins by becoming lost in a magical musing*, story, or poem, only finding myself when I stumble upon words that "sing" to my humanity. These words must clench my heart and stop me from breathing, and often taste both bitter and sweet. To honor these words, I take them apart and intertwine them with my own threads of thoughts, emotions, and experiences.

I weave together these hybrid strands of imagination with paint, palette knives, brushes, and color shapers. I apply paint straight from the tube onto my working surface, allowing the human mind to selectively mix the raw, vibrant colors. I use an array of palette knives to layer, scrape, and carve textures that summon undulating abstract and surreal environments. In a method of reverse-layering, I employ color shapers to take away paint to reveal detailed symbols and calligraphy, representational elements hidden within the abstract space.

The resulting creation is a playground for the imagination: my new Truth nurtured from the original narrative that prompts others to tap into their own creativity and spin their own stories. 

Upon my return from an extended stay in China during the Summer of 2018, I magnified my usage of calligraphy (an art form in and of itself in Traditional Chinese Art) in my paintings. As I experimented with the forms, meanings, and moods of undulating line work, I began to weave in words from original poetry. Currently, I continue to develop the depths of my artistry: composing poems, designing and mapping the calligraphy that will enliven the words on the aqua/gesso/pastelbord, and painting illuminations and marginalia that are woven into the "text." 

 *Magical Musing: a curious question that stimulates the imagination and provokes profound thought