I have memories of art-making as early as age 4. The memories do not involve the experience of creating, but instead, the pride and satisfaction I felt in the approval of my art’s “viewers”, in being noticed, in connecting. As a shy introvert, it was this opportunity to connect that spurred me onward through most of my creative path. Art became an integral part of my identity at a young age.
I create in a wide range media, with a preference for oil and acrylic painting. Until recently, my art has been an exploration of diverse subject matter and styles, shifting between media and techniques I’ve felt best communicated what I wanted to share. Regardless, these paintings are linked in their symbolic imagery, each with personal meaning beyond the concrete.
My current body of work has evolved to the abstract. This transition began after realizing that creating art in the way I had no longer served me. I had changed, grown. My art needed to as well. I’ve come to find solace in the playful experimentation and freedom from expected outcomes that abstract art brings. I’ve rediscovered joy in the creative challenge of conveying my meaning in the absence of representational subject matter. Through emotive color and mark-making, my newest paintings represent life experience and the emotions carried with it. They are glimpses into my heart and reflections of intangibles we all share. And with them, I continue to connect.