My life and art have been dedicated to mental health awareness. As a result of my direct experience within the field of psychology, from a young age I sought other systems — systems that focus upon the disease, not the symptom. I discovered that trauma was at the root of mental health issues. I also discovered that the kind of trauma that messes with a person’s mind the most is that caused by the cruelty of another individual: abuse. 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, though a psychic disease.

Systems I have embraced include all kinds of schools of thought — from ancient cultures and mythology to ground breaking new religions of the past century. I was looking for experience that I could use to build my own world view while addressing the personal issues that had disenfranchised me from my own culture. Many of my works focus directly upon painful experience, a form of self-therapy based in emotionally exhausting reverie. Others are about projecting awareness using the power of faith.

My art imagines a different way of looking at the world. Using the 7 basic colors of the rainbow in a color-after-color technique, my style 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. Colors separate into a flow almost like you’d see in a kaleidoscope.

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.