As a child, I was rather shy and solitary and lived in my imagination. I fantasized about the world in rain puddles and beyond the reflection in my bedroom mirror. As I grew up and moved into the real world, my artwork developed from my need to explore my feelings in both worlds.
As a young adult, my vision for my painting was to open up the painting space, and infuse it with more dimensionality, more air, more light, more area to explore. To accomplish this I have focused on learning and then using the old master methods of indirect painting. But I have also learned the lessons of the modern masters who unified and emphasized the design of the two-dimensional space of the picture plane. My vision is to create a painting that exists as a melding of a three dimensional space and a two-dimensional construct (real and imagined worlds) using a variety of means.
All this serves to express a certain view of life.. Life is wonderful and joyous and tragic and a battle for survival. We live our daily lives from one moment to the next; experience a myriad of pleasures and struggles, ups and downs, usually without much reflection or even noticing how we are feeling. But when we look at a piece of art, an art of truth, we see our life reflected back in a way that hits our core and floods us with the feeling of living, integrated and whole. I create this world of mine not only as a place for me to be fully awake and alive, but for others to inhabit as well. I want my paintings to be a reminder of all that is suffered and sacrificed and at the same time to be a place of hope and peace and light.