Full Artist's statement
In my practice, using fictional narratives I take personal experiences and transform them into surreal artwork, giving voice to those who cannot speak, giving life to animal beings. I am released from my human inhibitions and can devote myself to making people aware of non-human life forms, the worlds of animals and objects we live among, but often ignore. I love animals. I want to become part of their world and them apart of ours. In my most recent work I seek ways to personify creatures of the sea and land. Inspired by surrealism, I juxtapose these animals with the world of the sea, creating a mystical world within a composition. When making artwork, I have always been interested in escaping into other worlds as I have a fascination with nature and animals. Influenced by my pet portraiture business, the subjects in the work are often depictions from my client’s pets. The artwork is whimsical, playful, and at the same time titers between realities.