In painting resides a feeling of transcendence which drives my practice. We are ordinary, mundane creatures juxtaposed with a seemingly divine nature. This reality becomes apparent in between moments, and the more I observe, the better I sense them. My work relies on the memory of happenings, interpersonal encounters, and the validity of material reality. I manipulate form and space to create scenarios of psychological conflict in uncanny settings, aiming to empathize with the viewer through disconnected and often apathetic figures.
I use the canvas as a platform for digesting past events, where I relive experiences, immortalize moments, and create new ones through the act of painting. Most of the time, I start my paintings with images from photographs that I collage with images from my head as I begin my drawing. Color and line becomes a mix of impulse and realism. As I allow myself to work intuitively, one can see some very perplexing instances throughout the paintings reminiscent of emotions, dreams, and that unexplainable in-between. As I’m repainting these moments I travel back to them; the action becomes instinctual, the feeling reinvented, and the moment eternal.