Interestingly, the discovery of art was a happy accident that happened to me as a high school student. Basically, art found me and not the other way around. Luckily I was in need of class credit and an art class fit the spot. Then, I realized my love of the work; for the first time since I was a child I was having fun making art. Also, simultaneously I felt a bond to my favorite artist at the time, Van Gogh. Essentially, I could relate with, what seemed to me, his desire to connect with both humans and nature by using his paintbrush.
Ultimately, these early experiences laid the foundation for a life long exploration of putting paint on canvas. As a consequence, my love and dedication to this work has led to multiple gallery shows and the privilege of having my work hung in homes around the world.
Since a very young age I have had a deep desire to connect with people. Painting has been a way to bridge the raw energies of the subconscious and a way to communicate to the world. I use acrylic to paint familiar objects that appear other worldly and mysterious. When I look at a blank canvas I see an invitation to bring an image to life. The process of painting is a reminder of the unknown and the ability to move forward regardless. There is sometimes a mixture of fear and excitement and I always think to myself “one stroke at a time”. My work has essentially become a meditative practice. I believe each piece reflects that for which I strive: seeing the universal connection to all things -- beauty, clarity and simplicity in life.