For me the process of creating a piece of art is alchemy, mediation, ritual and prayer.
I grew up low-income in a fairly dangerous neighborhood. I couldn’t afford luxuries like traveling and seeing distant worlds beyond my urban environment, so I traveled through reading, retreated to writing and empowered myself through painting. As I became an adult these creative interests proved invaluable tools for helping me interpret and connect with the world around me. For me, creativity has been a trusted companion; a salve and a comfort during challenging times and a celebration and a shout of triumph during others.
When I paint I attempt to capture a meaning and depth that transcends the subject inhabiting the canvas. I have always been intrigued by the skillful use of simile and metaphor and the paintings I create are often an attempt to apply the use of these literary devices to a visual format. While some artist live for the finished work, I enjoy the journey just as much as the final result. Making art to me is a form of alchemy, it’s ritual, meditation and sometimes even prayer.
The ultimate aim for me as an artist is to communicate with other people, particularly, thoughtful people that look for more than surface beauty in a work. Creating art is at once a demonstrative and private act, and when another human being can take away something significant from my personal expression it means that I and this individual have had a private dialogue. This language spoken in pigments and brushstrokes is a conversation I treasure deeply and will never tire of.