Paint first, think later. This has been the process of how I come up with most of my work. When painting, I let my subconscious make the decisions. My paintings embody an extension of myself, my thoughts and mental states. My work lives and changes as I do. I put down what I feel at the moment, then continue to take away and cover what does not resonate as the process goes on. The more recent works I have created depict the ongoing and ever changing relationship I have with anxiety. Living in an age of limitless options to some seems liberating, for me it is often limiting. Endless choices become paralyzing and anxiety provoking. Ultimately, many people believe that there will be a “perfect” choice, but there almost never is.
My paintings encompass a multitude of lively patterns, line work, layering, and vibrant colors. Patterns and bold coloring can be attractive to the eye, but also can be over simulating. The worlds and subject matter I create depict slightly jarring and uncanny images. I juxtapose this by using vigorous and energetic colors in order to create a unique atmosphere and mood. My paintings create their place and space in worlds representational of our own, yet I stray from the use of natural tones. I enjoy adding surreal figural elements in all of my creations, often with slight abstractions. While the form for my work is founded on realism, the colors are immensely oversaturated. For me, the figure represents the intersection between subconscious mental states and physical reality. Each layer placed or removed evokes a different state of mind. During the process of creating, I learn more about myself. Making art is an outlet for me; it allows me to visually express how I am feeling, whether I am aware of the emotions I am portraying or not.