Art and creative expression has been inherent in me since I was a child. Growing up as a gymnast and performer, I was on the path to a life in the performing arts, with sponsors and scholarships ready to take me anywhere I could perform. However, after a life altering injury, my performance career ended and my creative channel was shifted. I began painting with pigments, powders, and waxes, using the human face as my subject. This form of art led me to Los Angeles where I started working with various artists and celebrities.
Needing a larger surface, my hands met the canvas and instantly I was in love! I began painting everyday trying new processes, working with different mediums, painting in various locations in solitude as well as at artists retreats. Learning to surrender to the creative flow was a long journey, one that I knew I had to be on and that could be found through painting.
Following this enlightenment led me to study with my art mentor, Rassouli. His groundbreaking movement called Fusionart guided me to find my unique voice and artistic vision. Because it is about connection, the artistic expression of a Fusionartist flows from the heart, and reflects what is felt rather than what is observed.
Inspiration comes to me in many forms. Waking up to blue sky and an ocean breeze everyday puts me in a very peaceful place. From here I draw upon emotions and feelings of the past and present to give a part of myself in each artwork. Thus the creative flow continues outward to touch the viewer, as does the Universal cycle of life.
I gravitate towards the multi-dimensional colors of the ocean in my works and predominately paint solely with my hands. The connection between me and the canvas is much deeper this way rather than having an extension of my expression through a paintbrush. The organic quality is enhanced by the role nature plays as many of my works are created with sand from the beach and are left in the sun, helping to produce unique textures and variations in the surfaces.
Many of my works have been featured in various magazines as well as been seen on TV, Film and supplied to spas, hotels and design firms. Ongoing exhibition can be seen at Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles.
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