Artist Statement

The subject matter of my work
originates from the same place most artist creative endeavors bubble
up from. In many of my pieces, I am led to wrestle with certain
perceptions adopted in my past, but also a variety of ideas about the
future. Painting has always been about aligning myself with
what seems to come natural to me. The philosopher and scholar Joseph
Campbell sums it up this way:

Follow your bliss. If you do
follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been
there all the while waiting for you, and the life you ought to be
living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to
meet people who are in the field of your bliss, and they open the
doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors
will open where you didn’t know they were going to be. If you follow
your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for
anyone else.” — Joseph Campbell

My aim is to effectively communicate
this idea to the viewer. With that being said, I am not particularly
creative as an individual, rather there is a field of creativity that
exist independently, all on it’s own. All we can do as artist is tap
into it.

I began painting in the German-town
section of Philadelphia, PA in 2006. With more than 2,800 murals,
Philly boasts more impressive large scale public paintings than any
other city in the world. Living and interacting with the people of
that community for over four years heavily impacted my visual style.

I am a ferociously quick study and I
have always had a passion for understanding the true nature of
things. This type of insight is the driving element behind my work. I
use oil paint primarily although I dabble in some mixed media and
photography. I like the feeling of maneuvering the thick, pungent,
colors over the canvas – which is something I have so far found
exclusive to oil paint. Using a wide variety of rich colors, I
attempt to communicate the typically over-looked meanings underneath
sometimes very simple images. I am six-foot seven inches tall so I
appreciate working on a large canvas. I also enjoy working quickly
with large brushes. The intent of  most of my subject matter is to
suggest that the viewer seek the true meaning(s) of life…within.

Primarily self-taught, I like to say that I graduated from the prestigious university of blood, sweat, and tears!
The focus of my studies have always been on communicating
ideas that challenge people to be curious about their own internal
nature. My major visual influences are Salvador Dali, Alex Gray,
Remedios Varo, and Jean Michel Basquiat. Fame and fortune have eluded
countless great artist so my concentration has never been on either.
I simply love to create! I feel like this is what I have been put
here to do. I would like for people to see themselves in my
paintings. They are as much about you as they are about me.

rEN 2016

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