ARTIST'S STATEMENT

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My paintings are informed by the visual world around me and grow out of my recollections or a particular experience — the bright sunlight of California, the undulation of a green and gold meadow, the thrum of New York City. I distill these feelings into paintings that glow with jewel-toned layers with the full expression of my personality. The marks are a kinetic reminder of my hand’s movement and a tactile vestige that gives the work immediacy. My paintings are a visceral conduit for my past and my emotions, a way to bring a passing moment into the present so that others can sense the echos of their own experiences.

In my latest series, Mesmerize, I am exploring a long-gestating concept that I retrieved during the pandemic during which I had set aside time everyday and worked in my sketchbook. This concept is based on a mental image from when I was three years old. During an intensive painting class in college, this image surfaced unbeknownst to me. At my final critique, I recognized and was astonished to see my memory pinned to the walls. After all these years, I still have more to excavate, reveal, and paint.

 

I paint with acrylic paint on cradled hardboard mostly. Sometimes I use stretched canvas or even oil paint and collage. I also use any implement that I can find in the hardware store. Besides high-end brushes, my tools include plastic putty knives, small foam rollers, and brayers. The ends of my brushes and bamboo skewers are used often to inscribe into the paint and make texture.

 

Layer on top of layer on top of layer is how I work. My favorite item to paint on is an unsuccessful painting. It’s amazing how reacting to what is already laid down on the canvas allows me to be uninhibited.

 

My color palette sets my artwork apart from others. Layers of bright pinks, blues, and orange explode on the surface to make up the foundation of my paintings. I paint purple, white, yellow marks, stripes, and shapes over the initial jewel-toned layers. I love the process of painting by exploring the medium and constantly challenging myself.