In my most recent series of rich surreal figurative work, you will find the theme of nature decaying and weakened by the forces of humans, particularly through vanity and self promotion. I
portray images of strong women with almost god-like capabilities to impact the animals and environments around them. They are fierce and in control, which, as I show, may be detrimental to their surroundings. This is a topic that runs passionately in my heart, and I hope through my art I can
provoke the realization that right now, we, as a species, have the opportunity to stop this downward trend of destruction to this planet, our home.
In all of my paintings, the viewer is rewarded with new worlds to explore. First, you are invited to learn the story of the figures. Their expressive postures are enhanced by beautifully draped garb and jewelry, most of which were also made by myself. I combine heavy with soft, rigid with fluid to create a dramatic union of contrasts that invoke a sense of compelling wonder. The women are strong and beautiful, depicting the balance of grace and power. Their striking sense of self lures you in just to push you away. Their environments are rich, deep, and mysterious. Subtle details encourage viewers to explore and find more meaning and depth the further they go.
Though extensive thought, intention, and planning go into all of my pieces before I begin painting, I allow myself the flexibility to adapt while the brush touches the canvas. This is where I welcome you to explore the second world of my paintings. As you venture closer to the canvas, the figures melt away and become a landscape of expressive, emotional, and energetic brushstrokes. Thick impasto becomes heavy contours to explore in the light, delicate skin of the figures. Traditional oil
painting techniques give way to moments of stark emotion. Look closely; truths and confessions are found in the brushstrokes.
I encourage you to experience my paintings at all levels: the macro level that expresses my message and the micro level that expresses my emotions. The further you venture, the more you will find moments and messages that speak to you.