“Man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself.”
Painting from my imagination allows me to combine memories with fictitious settings. By exaggerating my color palettes, applying heavy textures in the foreground, and using light washes and blending techniques in the mid-ground and background, I create environments that embody an aura of vast dream-like spaces.
Growing up in the greater Los Angeles area has surely influenced my artwork. In fact, many of my paintings, such as Point Doom, are reminiscent of Southern California's sparse chaparral coastal settings. However, my experiences with all of California's drastically diverse and beautiful landscapes, ecosystems and wildlife have equally impacted my creative practice.
Like Rachel Carson, I too am concerned for our future. One of the most distressing and urgent concerns of the 21st century is global climate change and the ramifications it has on natural resources, weather, ecosystems, animals and, ultimately, humans. My goal is to instill and to share my respect and appreciation for the natural world with my viewers. These invented compositions depicting eclectic mixtures of wildlife and terrain narrate nature's struggling survival - a subtle glimpse into the unpredictable future for us and our fragile world.