Full Artist's statement
I am a self-taught artist. Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of art class. Though I did not pursue a formal education in art, I have consistently expressed my thoughts, feelings and creativity through paintings and drawings. I paint because I love the freedom that painting provides – the endless possibilities that a blank canvas provides.
The imagery in my work is developed from an array of events and subject matters. I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. I usually don’t plan things in advance, the ideas for my work are somewhat spontaneous. I paint to music, use bright colors and various blending techniques to develop unique patterns.
I'm never without a sketchbook to hand so I am constantly drawing. Sometimes the drawings are left in the sketchbook and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images. I describe my art as abstract expressionism, I use my perception of the world to paint an abstract version of reality.
While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by recurring formal concerns and through the subject matter. The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work. Each project often consists of multiple works, often in a range of different media that are grouped around specific themes and meanings. I love to paint thought provoking pieces that engage people in conversation.
My influences are first and foremost everything I see, feel and experience, but I’ve always loved newspaper comic strips. My early drawings and paintings were particularly influence by the work of Charles M. Schulz in The Peanuts. The artists I most admire are Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollock, and Sam Gilliam among others.