Statement of Intention
I've always found comfort in the shadows created from the light, always been filled with a sense of wonder, always had an awareness of unexpected beauty. This has fostered a nature of experience, a way of seeing what is seen and unseen, the space between spaces, the light that brings light into light right beside the darkest truth. My art is an exploration of consciousness and my works seek to reveal my journey.
I relate most closely with self taught or Outsider Artists. My formal training was at Kansas State University where I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Pre-Art Therapy with a concentration in painting. Learning art could be used as therapy had a profound impact on me. My struggle became my muse. A seed took root and began to grow, unlocking the potential for expression as an abstract artist.
My work is process driven and primarily non-objective abstraction. It lives in the realm of spirit and self inquiry, taking direct-looking into direct-seeing, transforming the mundane and giving it the power to reflect the profoundness of the present moment. I believe painting and drawing are inherently interwoven. I believe my work vibrates with the frequency of home and the connection of all things. In many ways my works are self portraits, pulling away the layers of ego to reflect a sense of the emotional energy underlying my personal response to the world.
It is art therapy. My art begins with a shift in perspective, a meditation, an opportunity to trust intuition and to give myself to the process. The physicality of the paint is as important as the control of materials or cerebral decision making. It reflects the passionate and positive interplay of the energy of life through gestural and dynamic mark making and use of color. Through this process I see the truth of vibratory energy expressed through spatial tension, the disillusion of form or dominating structure, the manipulation of positive and negative space, and the collapsing of the existence of the subject object. I use the rhythm and gesture of fluid organic action as a means of energizing the composition and giving it a tangible vitality and mesmerizing visual field. Balance, movement, and color are always at play, working to express an image that is as meditative to create as it can be to view. The result is the truth of my vision.