STATEMENT

Artist Statement

I feel simultaneously out of touch and deeply imbedded with the world around me. My paintings use old myths, Biblical and historical references to make statements about today’s society. Inspired by a love/hate relationship with the news and pop culture, I take my own experiences are merge them with my observations of the world to create art that challenges people’s views of the world.

I paint satiric tales on lushly painted canvases that interweave interweave various personal narratives and historical allusions into new tales of woe and revelations of a lost innocence and omnipresent foreboding. I like to think of my paintings as didactic in nature, but also wish for them to be enjoyed as much I as I enjoy creating them.

I like lush surfaces and the look and feel of oil paint. I personally build and prepare all of my canvases by hand, and use my years of study and practice to build developed, layered surfaces that go beyond creating an image and utilize the physicality of paint. I don’t shy away from painting’s rich past, but also integrate modern brushwork and special concerns, and approach every new canvas building a composition that best correlates the thoughts and themes in my head. Imagery takes hold from the initial concepts and the canvas begins to ask and demand things from me, and I must respond and react as the vision matures.