Artist Statement

My work reflects my personal journey and a study in balance: the interplay of opposing forces that merge to create something profoundly human. These forces, at times distinct and at others intertwined, serve as the foundation of my creative process. I layer non-controllable paint applications such as pouring and dripping with more deliberate techniques like hand-cut stencils and classical oil applications, orchestrating a harmonious equilibrium. This balance is echoed in the mediums I use; shellac, resin, and spray paint evoke chaos, while acrylic, ink, and oil paint bring order to the canvas.

This body of work originated from a personal experience: my diagnosis with Cushing’s Disease, a rare condition that profoundly affected my health. Initially born out of the need to express the turmoil of illness, my art became a vehicle for navigating the complexities of life and death, sickness and health, order, and chaos. As I confronted the prospect of neurosurgery, my paintings reflected my despair and hope, turmoil, and tranquility. Symbolic elements such as architecture representing my body, derived from Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s renditions of the Tower of Babel, and the hexagon symbolizing illness, derived from the protein structure representation of cortisol, imbue each piece with layers of meaning.  Even now, every visual element has a meaning.

Though rooted in adversity, this body of work has evolved beyond trauma, now serving as a testament to resilience and growth. I have the hindsight of seeing the positives that emerged from the darkness. I often find myself reworking older paintings with the mindset of “yes, that was terrible, but look what came out of it”.

Gingko Canopy no.2

April 11, 2024

Gingko Canopy no.1

April 11, 2024

Tension

March 20, 2024

Hatchling no.5

February 19, 2024

Whirlpool

March 27, 2023

Whirlpool (detail)

March 27, 2023

Hatchling no.1

August 26, 2022

Hatchling no.4

July 5, 2022

Hatchling no.3

June 5, 2022

Anfractuous no.12

April 27, 2022

Hatchling no.2

February 18, 2022

Communication No.1

October 7, 2020

Anfractuous no.10

July 15, 2020

Communications no.3

December 18, 2019

Uncertainty

July 8, 2019

Anfractuous no.8

May 6, 2017

Void #3

December 30, 2016

Anfractuous no. 5

July 8, 2016

Koi

July 8, 2016

Anfractuous no.7

April 11, 2016