Artist Statement

As an artist, my goal is to serve as a purveyor of knowledge. Through visual art I want to reconstruct a new vernacular; one that pertains to our contemporary culture, but builds on the foundation of previous forms of expression. The strength of my images lie in their indecipherability, which prevents the viewer from instant identification and invites him or her to explore the work on a deeper level.

In each composition I build up layers of paint; then gouge and sand the surface exposing parts of the under-painting to reveal previous versions of the work. I also incorporate found objects and random elements which reflect my everyday experiences. These methods of expression build an image resembling a void filled with incomplete thoughts, lost memories, and disconnected fragments of conversation, all the remnants of human expression, all the refuse of humanity’s continuous discourse. Together these elements serve as a metaphor of our collective human experience and the search for the meaning of existence.

Painting for me is a process of discovery. The gestures, marks, and scribbles found throughout these works remind me that the practice of creating art transcends the materials. The act of painting itself gives me a great sense of fulfillment. Once completed the paintings become a source of enlightenment for me. By revealing the process in the painting it is my hope the viewer can follow the same path and share a similar experience.

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