I aim to create art that causes feelings of optimism and transcendence in my viewers. I try to capture the wonder of looking up at the sky and feeling small and insignificant, but in a positive way, for when we are insignificant, so are our problems and fears.
I work in water media because it can be difficult to control, creating interesting shapes and plenty of “mistakes”. I embrace imperfections, especially in “perfect” objects such as buildings. Some of my favorite elements come from making a “mistake” and then backtracking, making it look like I meant to do it that way from the beginning.
I tend to paint natural elements in soft watercolors, while the man-made structures are done in hard black ink or metallic paint. My human figures and portraits are often a mixture of both ink and watercolor. This creates an appealing visual contrast and also conveys meaning. The black ink is clear and bold, like the order and logic that humans seek. The soft watercolors are complicated and imperfect, like nature. I use these elements together to explore relationships between man and nature, logic and mystery.
My figures and portraits are often nondescript, translucent, or stitched together to further the idea of being unimportant in a good way. I emphasize skies and clouds because they make me think of hope and infinite possibilities. I rarely include the entire horizon, inviting viewers to keep their heads in the clouds and dream with me.