My artistic process is a journey into the world of human ambivalence. It is a journey to understand two sides within us, both the beautiful and the ugly. How we see each other translates into personal interaction. How we see our self translates into our personal identity.
My work includes oil, graphite, or mixed media using classical techniques. In some pieces I use only graphite, while in others I use classical oil. In many of my mixed media I begin with a digital photograph to combine with other materials. If I use a photo, I manipulate it and then completely destroy it, leaving a ghost image. Intuitively, I draw, paint, cut, and continue adding marks. The marked surfaces express my varied impressions of our visual appearance. It is a landscape of human or animal faces or body parts that suggests a relationship with our universal notion of beauty and the familiar. I search to explore difficulties we face to understand ourselves within our current environment.
My intention is to translate my emotional response through the entire projected image as it relates to our self or our environment. Visualizing new meanings, dualities or superficiality may help me to recognize what we must try to look at in depth when we make assessments. Philosophically, my images should lead us to create a dialogue, questioning the relationship of how we view ourselves and other living beings within our world. I am challenged by society's perspective of prescribed beauty. My intention is to create a platform to uncover a deeper struggle within us.
"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens." Carl Gustav Jung