I am a Chicago based artist whose subjects include portraits, figures, landscapes, and symbolism/surrealism compositions. I’m influenced by both primitive and modern art. The line between the worlds of mythology and ‘real life’ intrigues me. For me, the ultimate trip is incorporating various worldviews into one’s personal worldview. Turning yourself inside-out, one can view everything in the world as parts of oneself. Seeing things this way, individuals seem more like verbs than nouns. From a certain perspective, every piece of art is like a self portrait.
My art is like a personal study of mental illness. I allow painful memories to inspire my work. Spending extended periods in reverie helps me discharge this baggage while becoming more self-aware. Mental illness is a true disease in that it’s passed from person to person and generation to generation in one form of abuse or another, but it’s a psychic disease. I think art is a positive way of dealing with this unfortunate business, and I think this is why a lot of artists become artists. Ideally, I would like my art to help bring awareness to mental health issues as well as working methods of correcting these issues.
If suppressed parts of a person’s mind manifest themselves every day, subconsciously directing one’s life, we seem to be wired to manifest our deepest fears into reality. I think of my style as Regressionism, a style about looking back and facing the reality we have created for ourselves. While this kind of self-analysis drives many artists, I believe an art movement focused upon self-analysis itself would be particularly enlightening.
Using the 7 basic colors of the rainbow in a color-after-color technique, my art is characterized by an exaggeration of light, color, and distorted features. My ecto-morphized figures are very much inspired by primitive art like the Moai statues of Easter Island.
Except for the mixed media, I generally use 1.5 inch deep gallery wrap canvases which do not need to be framed. I paint the sides, but only a rough once over, not in the same level of detail as the front. Paintings are not wired for hanging, but may not necessarily need to be. Paintings are protected with Golden brand glossy archival quality (removable) varnish on top of an isolation coat of Golden’s glossy Soft Gel.