Art for me is an outlet, a form of expression that allows me to deal with frustrations, joys and challenges. To be able to bring a plain piece of paper to life with a drawing is pure magic.
I have spent many years learning how to draw and paint. I have painted in every standard medium and on almost every kind of surface.
Going forward, I want to keep making art which makes my heart sing—to reach more people who love my work. I hope to continue to inspire others through both my art and my creative holidays.
The human figure has always been my focus, and over the years it’s become a psychological focus. By incessantly reworking my drawings, little by little, something unknown surfaced. Intimacy and psychological intensity surfaced.
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.
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.
I get enormous pleasure and satisfaction when I start with a blank white surface and slowly bring to life a painting of a recognizable image from our past or present and then watch my customer’s face when they see their completed painting.
I’ve always been intrigued by the challenge of photorealism, and have a long time love of automotive design. So it seemed only natural that I would dive into the chrome bumpers of a ‘57 Chevy.
Turning what is, initially, a customer’s thoughts into a creative design good enough for them to get tattooed permanently onto their skin is what really makes it worthwhile.
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.
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.
Feminine subjects have always been a major focus of art. We invited some artist friends to share work that celebrates women.
In addition to exploring the traditional mediums, I also enjoy working in the digital medium where experimentation and happenstance plays a large part of my creative process.