Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you still have one. ~Stella Adler
My artwork is form of a highly intuitive painting practice that reaches to the internal depths of my subconscious. This practice of art is a manner of shifting energy from within me and out of me by way of painting or drawing to express the raw emotions from deep within.
This form of studio practice is automatism in nature and by definition: The avoidance of conscious intention in producing works of art, especially by using mechanical techniques or subconscious associations. However, my paintings are not exclusively automatism. My paintings start out as such to develop an underpainting of sorts that lends itself to conceptual direction, design, and final product. A common theme of my artwork is to develop expressive gestural head or portraits that are related to archetypal characters. During the painting process, I seek to develop mark-making harmony to assist with the design of texture and color. Some methods of printmaking are explored as well to make these paintings. It is my belief texture is everywhere in our world and therefore sits forefront of the line. In the real world, there is only a simulated line that lives on forms and textures. I choose colors variant of my mood. My colors are also explorations and come second to my paintings. Value, hue and intensity are my only concerns. Materials are an important part of the creation. I tend to prefer to use unorthodox applicators ranging from spatulas, various textured surfaces to blot paint or squeegees to spread paint quickly. As to mimic and be in tune with my stream of consciousness to represent the complex nature of our soul, and maintain a freshness of true spirit from within.