Since I was a small child, the passion to create artwork, with whatever medium available, has been intrinsic. Making artwork has been a continual process of self-discovery, as well as a form of meditation and escape; focusing in on my action and intention, but also letting go and allowing intuitions to rule. I am exceptionally interested in how significant the mind is in shaping who we are and our varying perceptions of reality, both as individuals and as a society. I hope to influence people in a positive way through my work.
I am particularly drawn to artists who confront social dilemmas and who have the abilities to provoke compassion and thought through their work. People like Ai Weiwei, Katie Kollwitz, Jerome Witkin, and Gregory Gillespie inspire me to paint with depth and courage. Other sources of inspiration are the written works by Joseph Campbell, whose knowledge of human mythologies is profound and may provide a useful tool for exploring the realities of today, the archetypes of the past and our dreams and art of the future.
My previous works have focused on the human form, the objects and environments we create, as well as plants and other portraits. Although my primary mediums are painting and drawing, I am also very interested in sculpture, printmaking, and photography as forms of expression. When painting and drawing, I prefer to work both intuitively and from life.
There are many issues that concern me—capitalism and greed overthrowing democracy, the destruction of innocent lives in the name of peace, the priming of the media on so many different levels and forms. I am frustrated with the way our youth are influenced to become toxic shoppers, the blundering notions that consumption and having material goods will make you happy—will give you your identity. The weak-minded, young, and lost are preyed upon for profit and it makes me sick to my core. Our society in general is so disconnected from nature, the animals and plants we eat, the resources we use. I am deeply concerned about the future of the planet and my desire to create stems from this compassion that has always been inside of me, and it seems that creating artwork is the best way for me to contribute to this world’s consciousness.
My goals for the future include exploring the potential of art as a medium for change. I hope to continue learning how to articulate my reactions to artwork, and continue developing closer relationships to ideas and practices. I sincerely look forward to working with fellow artists—having honest feedback and discussions about the ideas behind and driving their artwork, and my own.