I create, with an air of realism, the world I am familiar with; to move and to be moved through an interpretation of that world with my art. A world that is constantly speaking and as an artist, I simply listen and interpret those experiences, emotions, or moments of melancholy using the language of light and color. It is in the form of numbers, letters, colors, music tones, and other images; they are all interrelated. For example, to me, the number 8 is the letter E, is green, a joyful tone, and looks like a meadow; senses are a key factor. I have always been fascinated about the play of light on surfaces such as water, glass, color, skin, etc., My aim is not to paint an object, but rather to faithfully re-sculpt the distortion or aberration of light in and around the object; the object then forms around that light in a composition which beckons the viewer to see through water, chase reflections, feel fabric, caress skin. Thus the fidelity of light is important in my work and is one of the most important elements in creating the illusion of “a painting you can step into”.
There are three key points to my process; the first I call Revelation where I “see” the finished work; and joyfully agonize over content, composition, and color. At the second point, after an undetermined time, an illusion I call Reception occurs where the image appears to recede beyond the surface. Nearing completion I reach point three where the image gives me Permission to finalize the process. If I am painting outdoors, the challenge remains to keep up with the light as it is always one step ahead. I know that a work is finished when I feel that I have answered all questions that the canvas asks of me; of having peeled it away revealing what seems to have been there all along.
There are a few artists that inspire and challenge me to go beyond my expectations: Caravaggio’s drama, Michelangelo’s versatility, Vermeer’s disks of light, Enges’s shimmer, Sargeant’s swagger, Monet’s color, Tissot’s yearning, and Hopper’s solitude. Their work was very personal to them and always seeking to say more.
My studies at the La Jolla Academy of Advertising and Design in La Jolla, California, and my work in the advertising and design field have not only taught me about storyboards, thumb sketches, layout, design, and composition, but also about the relationship between artist and audience. Most importantly, I have come to learn the effective use of images, words, and sounds in my creative process enabling me to dissect the emotion of an experience, allowing me to recreate its effects through my art. I can trust the choices I make and I believe it is evident in my work. One of my favorite works in particular is “A Late Night Tea” an endearing tribute to a well known late night eatery which encompasses various lighting and visual effects that my work is known for. History is experienced through our senses and I am always seeking fresh and more exhilarating ways to translate our world through my senses to leave a lasting impression of who we are now and for future generations.