I have always stated that I am more of an expressionist Artist. The best way to explain my perspective on it would be to say that my best work comes from an emotional hijacking. My art combines the ideas of representational & abstract subjects to convey a deeper message or powerful emotion. Usually this comes directly from my own experiences, but sometimes even the emotional experiences of others. My primary choice of medium is oil paint, but I am also highly experienced in encaustic painting, graphite drawing, and photography. I am always looking to explore other techniques and mediums like wood burning & other mixed medias as it helps me develop & grow as an artist.
My artwork is usually constructed in multiple layers giving it it’s texture and depth. At the start of each piece, whether driven by emotion or a commissioned project, I place an array of pigment on the canvas as its first layer that psychologically symbolize the concept. With each layer the art comes to life as more detail is added within another layer of medium. My work has been known to look similar to Salvador Dali’s art as he has been a major influence when studying him in art history. The surrealism that he created was so alluring and made the viewer think deeper of its meaning, and I knew that is what I wanted my work to do.
Art has always been a way for me to express myself that doesn’t interrupt others around me and helps me sustain a sense of emotional intellect. My goal as an artist, as well in life, is to inspire growth in the viewers’ hearts & minds with my own heart and creativity. I believe there is a place for me in the art world because art is a way to express yourself, an idea, a concept, or thought that is hard to explain in words, and the meaning of my art does just that. As I open and erupt my heart into my art, I know that at least one person will be touched and that is all that matters.
11th Annual Nature Online Art Exhibition. Out of over 500 entries from around the world, only 25 were selected. "Feels Like Home" won the Special Merit Award!
"Hands Tied" won 2nd Place in a local Art Exhibition at a local gallery.
11th Annual Landscapes Online Art Exhibition. Out of hundreds of entries from around the world, only 25 were selected. "Letting Go" won the Special Recognition Award!