I like to create work in two general categories: traditional still life and portraits with a floral and family focus and also cerebral expressionist works that explore humanity’s existence. My still life and portrait work has an impressionist influence with a preference for a happy high key palette. I like to honor simple moments in life. These simple moments make up most people’s lives and are the foundation of joy and meaning in our lives. A cup of coffee in the morning, a homemade meal, a hug, a pet, a smile from your loved one, your favorite food on a stressful day, the day in and out of child rearing, and so on create the story of a person’s life. The journey is what matters, we all reach the same destination anyways. This body of work is my happy place, when I am creating a still life or a portrait I feel peaceful.
I categorize my other work as cerebral expressionist work because I use bright, saturated colors to convey my ideas. Expressionism is usually used to convey emotions however I am using this style to convey specific ideas that I think are important for every person to understand each other. I have a background in philosophy and science which is why these works will cover a range of ideas from atoms and cell theory to existentialism and ethics.
The main theme for my expressionist body of work is connecting humanity to the Earth. For centuries human beings have taught themselves that they are separate from the Earth and the animals we share the planet with. The modern world now faces challenges that are born from this disconnect. There is a countless amount of trash in our oceans, habitats being destroyed, forests being destroyed, animals being abused and acres of land used as garbage dumps just to put a name on a few challenges we have created for ourselves. My expressionist body of work in general will serve as a reminder, and conversation with the public that man is born of the Earth and will return to the Earth. We ought to take care of our home and recognize the planet for what it is; the Earth is a part of us and we are part of the Earth.
My current series is called “stardust” which is a popular saying right now that people are made of stardust. I chose this title because it connects the concept of people being made out of the chaos of the universe (atoms) to pop culture. People are starting to accept scientific theories in the main stream and seriously discuss existence.
I want my work to make people think about how and why things exist. These paintings will explore the idea of random atoms (chaos) coming together to create life. The focus of this series will be the human skull in various states of decay. This represents the idea that humans come from atoms, just like everything else in nature but also the viewer can look at this in reverse: Humans will return to this soup of atoms when we pass away. My work will be done in Acrylic paint on stretched canvas in a range of sizes from 8x10 to 24x36 inches. The reference photos will be taken mostly by myself using model skulls and other subjects. I will draw and paint studies from life using model skulls for this project.