Who Am I
I’m just an artist finding my way through life.
God, Art, Psychology, Sociology, Minimalism, Great Ideas, Healthy Living
In the Spring of 2005, I fell in love. I was 21 years old and had recently come to the conclusion that my current relationship with Graphic Design was not working anymore. There were many things about Design that I loved and admired, things that I still find myself drawn to, but in the end, it did not provide me with the kind of creative outlet I needed. Then Painting cam into my life. Having previously met in more casual situations, Spring 2005 marked the first opportunity for real dialogue.
Our first exchange began with a still life. At this time, I was personally dealing the consequences of a horrendous mistake I made. I betrayed a close friend and by the time I entered that first painting class, we were still not speaking. My loneliness and guilt weighed heavily upon me.
Together with a limited palette, a wooden hand mannequin and a koosh ball, I created a snapshot of my emotional life, a cold dark world occupied by a quirky lonely figure. As the semester, progressed, I continued this type of cathartic conversation with Painting and found not only a friend who unbiasedly listened but also a way to give voice and substance to those abstract and sometimes painful feelings that were difficult to put into words.
I often try to paint my feelings and incorporate my own emotional experiences and perspectives. I lean more toward abstract expressionistic illustrations and often incorporate found or recycled objects as surfaces to paint on. I am currently working on ways to incorporate text with my images to enrich the message I am communicating. My main artistic influences are Van Gogh, Munch, and Sabrina Ward Harrison.
To be free using my time exploring different experiences that I find interesting and honing my painting and writing skills in an effort to create an artistic style of my own that would incorporate both. To spend time with wonderfully positive people and continuing to learn and grow. Finding ways to “fill buckets” and make as positive of an impact as I can on as many people as I can.
THE TOP SIX
Artists Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Claes Oldenburg, Sabrina Ward Harrison, Ron Mueck, Frida Kahlo
Paintings Funeral Procession (Wilson); Perpetuum Immobile (Berman); Wheat Field with Crows (Van Gogh); The Scream (Munch); Starry Night (Van Gogh); Sugar Shack (Barnes)
Books The Bible, Mere Christianity, The Creative Habit, The Last Lecture, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; My Year with Eleanor
Movies Vivah, Surf’s Up, The Philadelphia Story, Jane Eyre(2006), Serenity, Thoroughly Modern Millie
TV Shows Bones, Castle, Better Off Ted, The Middleman, Doctor Who, Pushing Daisies