. I draw from the random patterns and images found in nature, and memories that fade but reappear unexpectedly to explore unclear truths and make sense of the world in which we live.
My mission is to communicate the joyous, wild beauty of nature reflected through urban spaces.
Through my watercolor paintings, I explore human emotion. I am heavily inspired by the connection one can make through the eyes and hope that my audience can feel the emotion I pour into my work.
I further expanded the possibilities of the subject by deconstructing segments of crystal so focus is placed on the visual aspects instead of the function. To this end, my work attempts to reconcile the disparate styles of representation and abstraction in a mutual aesthetic coexistence.
Creating a painting is always quite an adventure and it often seems the greatest excitement of the entire process occurs when I’m physically far from my studio and when my studio is the farthest thing from my mind.
My vision is to unite and share my painting philosophy with the Western world, allowing Western society to become more acquainted with Eastern heritage, tradition, and oriental aesthetics by connecting through my artworks.
In juxtaposing these normally disparate elements, I’m trying to force an awareness of how we usually organize our lives. I like the memories, emotions, and connections that are uncovered when these normal boundaries are removed.
My subject matter is hands, particularly those of chefs and others who prepare and serve the things we eat and drink. Cooking is theater and I want to capture the dance.
I am currently working on a Swan Maiden Mythology Series embracing mythological images.
During my journey as an artist, I found that it is important to me to create paintings that have personality and delight the viewer’s visual sense. Most importantly, I want to create art that others can connect with on an emotional level.
Robert Bateman critiqued my work at an art show back in 2000, and based on the picture of “Ice Storm” which I painted when I was only sixteen, he thought I had thirty five years of experience under my belt. That encouraged me to continue on the artist path I had chosen.
The colors I use are always hand mixed or happy accidents, depending on how you want to look at it. I follow no rule of thumb in their placement either. That kind of “letting go” makes for a pretty interesting overall experience, leading the viewer deeper into the painting.
I have an inextinguishable love for all things wood and a great passion for wood turning.