Creating is a way to for me to process what’s happening. In my life. In the world. Through the use of visual images, I hope to inspire others to tell me how they really feel. To open up and let their inner desires flow through the art that is too often held captive by the realities of this world.
My studio practice involves a lot of self-reflection. It helps me as an artist to identify my inspirations, my strengths and weaknesses, and to inform my art with individuality and personality. Although the act of painting is calming and therapeutic to me, I still fill my work with emotions such as rage, fear, and anger. It is important to me as an artist to not hide behind emotion but to embrace it, both in life and in my work. Being able to use color and paint and brushstrokes to convey a feeling or tell a story is what art is all about to me. It takes courage to speak our truths and sometimes words are not fit for the things we have to say. I look at art as a language that everyone can understand, something that is universal, and that makes it so much more interesting to explore. I am trying to master the language of art, something that may seem impossible, but this journey is one I am glad to embark.