Artist Statement

After a difficult internal struggle regarding the concept of what constitutes art, its place in our persistently changing world, and the purposes it should, or shouldn’t, achieve; I have come to the conclusion that despite the worsening global economic and political conditions, the catastrophic effects of global warming, war and disease, that it is important to create art that allows a form of beauty to prevail. While still allowing a thoughtful assessment of various circumstances, issues and perceptions that apply in varying degrees from the human race as a whole to me as an individual. This world has enough malevolence and sorrow; I feel it is not my place to bring works of art into existence that solely draw attention to the ugly truths of our human condition. However, I strongly believe that those truths and circumstances are not to be ignored.

My art is a juxtaposition of classic, conceptual and ordinary images to create aesthetically intriguing and thought provoking pieces. I find historical changes in art, culture, religious interpretations and social conventions infinitely fascinating and I incorporate those concepts into my art. In the majority of my work, I combine identifiable images and ideas to create a surreal appearance and dreamlike effect. I prefer my pieces to allow viewers to make their own interpretations on the comparisons, commentary or observations depicted in my work. I enjoy the use of common animals, objects and other easily recognizable forms because people will create their own associations with such things allowing their minds and feelings to find a meaning in a piece. I choose to work in mixed media because it gives me the freedom to utilize different supplies, while adding textures and tangible materials creates an affect that I find alluring. Ultimately, I want my work to express what I can’t verbally articulate.