I cannot recall a time when I did not have something in my hand to make a mark; whether it was a crayon, a pencil, a paintbrush, or just my fingers dipped in something that you can spread. Creating art is both a compulsion for me, as well as a therapeutic release; my purpose in creating art can come from a very personal need to process my life as well as just for the sheer fun of it.
I like to work on a series of pieces that are often inter-related in theme or process. In one series I explored the philosophy of Kintsugi, a Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold, using gold veining through my pieces. Kintsugi philosophy is that the repair adds depth and meaning to the piece.
Some of my favorite subjects to paint are winter trees, cats, and nudes. One of my favorite artists is Henri Matisse, not only because we share a love of similar subject matter, but because he always inspires me to loosen up and allow things to not be perfect because sometimes in seeking perfection, we miss the gorgeousness of the unplanned. I want people to enjoy my work for both its inherent visual appeal as well as its underlying meanings.