Through careful study of people and themes that speak to me, I am able to become almost a medium or vessel that ingests emotions and feelings and transmits them on to a canvas, or multiple canvasses.
I am always seeking emotion that will move me to capture the bare essence of personal histories; allowing a visual poem of this history to spring to life.
Losing myself in the process of making art crashes through the thresholds and barriers of social convention to explore social aberrations and life events that make up so many personal histories. These early influences, combined with artists such as Rothko's
moving color field paintings and Gauguin's bravely symbolic, highly colored Tahitian work, enabled me to break free from the chains of preconceived notions of figurative painting.