I currently work with acrylic paint to produce portraits and landscapes. My focus at this time is expressionistic landscapes, as well as surreal female portraits and figures, often covering the face of my subjects with symbolic imagery. My work is highly emotional. I had a mostly happy childhood, but I was also pulled through multiple divorces. I was affected by anger, depression and addiction that I witnessed. Luckily, my parents both taught me the power of honest expression of emotion. In my family, we talked. We were open with each other. We asked for help and sometimes we were confrontational. My emotions were often bubbling at the surface, and I was reassured that this was a positive thing. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot of lessons on how to communicate my emotions effectively with others.
These communication skills have translated directly into my artwork. Through my art, emotion and imagery resonates with the viewer. Many of my pieces are personal, but they also seek to connect with others. I believe empathy can change the world, and when my work can speak to two very different humans, can tug at the same strings of two hearts and souls, that is what I am most proud of accomplishing.