Painting is a way for me to go to a place that existed only in my dreams when I was young.
This place was quiet, clean and simple. Most importantly to me, in spite of my colorblindness,
I could see everything in bright and vivid color. My paintings are snapshots of this place.
Painting is a way for me to learn about myself; particularly, the things that I hide from my conscious self. Through this process, I capture what is most familiar to me: duality, contradiction and ambivalence.
My life is a ride on a pendulum, swinging between polar opposites. I simultaneously stand on two opposing sides, struggling together at the same moment. It is this moment of black and white, pleasure and pain, human and nature, that I know best and that I paint most.
The most prevalent theme in my paintings is the relationship between humans and nature. Using a painting style I refer to as subtle surrealism, I playfully invent ways in which humans might attempt to dominate, mimic and connect with the natural world.
I use pure and saturated colors in my paintings for a very simple reason, I’m colorblind. I can’t see or match color the way most people can. I therefore have to mix a palette in a way that differs greatly from the average artist, and (when I don’t have help) paint without knowing how accurate my colors are. This isn’t necessarily a handicap. In fact, I think it adds a lot of versatility, originality and a unique cleanness to my paintings.
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