Ever since I was a young child I have been observing and drawing what I see, from people interacting around me, to the plants and creatures of the forest. I have always endeavored to turn the fantastic beauty I have experienced into something all my own. My work has been influenced by visionary and pop-surrealism because they bring the viewer into a dimension that is both in the same realm as ours as well as a strikingly separate entity.
I prefer painting with acrylic, sculpting with air-drying clay, and incorporating found objects of all different materials into my work. These materials combine with the ideas in my head in the most graceful way. My art ranges from an exploration of the most painful parts of the human condition to creating an image of the world without the burden of the human ego. I believe that every part of our experience is spiritual and that we block out the most wondrous parts of our existence so that we may be able to function in this society. We fear the unknown, but it is much more confining to be in denial than free in all the joy of possibilities. Just as the universe is balanced by light and dark, we all carry burdens and memories of suffering with us along with great happiness and joy. Without going through hardship, we can never know great happiness, for we have nothing to compare it to.
The universe is a wise teacher of peace, beauty, and unconditional love, these teachings are my greatest inspiration. Though we put labels on everything around us, categorizing every little piece to make sense of it all and to “control” our experience, the truth is that there are infinite possibilities and that everything can be perceived in limitless ways. It is intimidating to know this, but it is much better to live in the truth than to survive in a lie. In this society, art’s role is to peel off the film of deception we have built up and to reveal the beauty in the unknown.