My work is vibrantly coloured and uses expressive line. I hope this conveys the way the beauty of nature makes me feel.
I love the challenge of seeing how far I can push the gear I own to create images that reflect a sense of place, and that also portray my vision and feelings of a particular moment as I press the shutter release.
In the end my “Graffiti Series” is a body of work that explores non-objective painting. Each painting is an extension of who I am and what I feel in the moment.
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Later in life I discovered the inner world when I learned to meditate and go inside. What I see and what I experience in altered states is almost as vivid and nurturing as the external worlds I explore on canvas.
My work these days has an environmental theme, using surrealistic imagery, fantasy and humor to offer (often absurd) solutions to environmental problems.
One of my pet hates is when I hear or read about coloured pencils being referred to as pencil crayons. I feel this greatly undervalues them. The way in which I use them is akin to oil painting in that they are used like glazes; each colour shines through the next and gives my work a very three dimensional feel.
For me, this is accurately describing a scene in paint while infusing the painting with my emotional response to the light and atmosphere on that landscape.
I am inspired by pop culture, children, and the wisdom, wonder and nostalgia of childhood. I try to make art that inspires, entertains, and encourages people, hopefully carrying a little reminder of what’s really important in life.
Technically “mixed media,” my art combines paint, acrylic medium, stencils, drips and washes. I use many layers of each to create a feeling of depth in each of my pieces.
Art is my passion and my life. My goal is to connect with like-minded people and share my love of islands and oceans with them through my work.
I am passionate about our gift, as humans, to be able to “see” beyond simple observation.
My goal is to one day be the best at my craft, to create powerful paintings that have meaning and will be noticed, and to keep passing on time honored techniques to others.