Influenced by both primitive and modern art, I am a Chicago based artist whose subjects include portraits, figures, landscapes, and symbolism/surrealism compositions. I believe art is a collaboration that the viewer is as much a part of as the artist. 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, it appears that everything in the world is only parts of yourself. Seeing things this way, individuals seem more like verbs than nouns. And in a way, every piece of art is like a self portrait.
My style is a combination of modern art styles such as Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Symbolism, and Cubism. My art is about letting go. Exploring the bad dreams, inspiration comes from the suppressed parts of my mind, turning out painful repressed memories and emotions that need to be discharged. Gradually, my paintings change me.
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 create 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.