Women are the primary subject matter in my paintings. My freedom of expression comes through painting and my emotions are left on the canvas. Reflecting on my feelings or creating intuitively is how I begin a piece. I know a piece is complete once that emotion, experience, or thought is vividly depicted. Thus, creating artwork is therapeutic and provides a sense of inner healing for my soul. The reoccurring themes in my art include love, heartbreak, and beauty. My intention is to express emotions with a beautiful image on canvas. Although, some of the subjects may look melancholic there is always hope.
Oil paint is my favorite medium because of its buttery texture and blending abilities. When I work with paint, I am reminded of the power in the movement of the brushstrokes and use of colors. The paintbrush becomes an extension of my body. I also enjoy experimenting with mixed media, layering, texture, and collage.
My newest series “While You Sleep” grew out of the love of graffiti or street art. For this project I got a personal view of how street art is created by shadowing a local graffiti artist. To create this work, I have used my photographs as references and incorporated my distinct style the piece. I have turned walls and spray paints into oil on canvas paintings. The lighting, bright colors, and patterns are a representation of my presence in the scene. I am both an insider and an outsider admiring street art and making it my own. It is painterly, romantic, and mysterious. My goal was to portray street art and its artists, while incorporating my unique perspective and sense of romanticism.
Untitled I, oil on canvas, 30×40 in., 2012
Untitled II, oil on canvas, 30×40 in., 2012