In the summer I enjoy painting outdoors, but in the winter I paint from photographs that I’ve taken during my travels. I travel to California often and I started taking pictures of bird of paradise flowers on one of my trips to Los Angeles. The following Spring I started painting from those photographs.
The Bird of Paradise Flower series was my first body of work based on the study of a single subject matter. Although the first one I painted was very simple, the more paintings I created, the more details I explored. Read More
After I’ve completed a series or finished a project, I take time to begin researching and experimenting with new subjects, styles, and color palettes. If I’m lucky I happen upon something right away and am able to develop my next series of paintings. Other times, I pick up from a one-off creation that I completed in the middle of a different series and didn’t continue. I let that painting speak to me and tell me a story. Then I let that story guide me through a new body of work.
I wasn’t as lucky when I started Remnants… Read More
“What is your inspiration?”
This is probably the most difficult question for me to answer. The initial thought that leads to my art is’t ever linear. It’s more like an accumulation of what I see, what I imagine, what makes my heart beat a little faster, and what I’ve created before. However, there is one bit of inspiration that’s at the root of my paintings — color. Read More
Flowers are often the theme in my paintings. When given a meaning, I get lost in the flowers as I paint them and recreate them. However, from time to time I have to take a break from them. My 2018 flower paintings are mystical, vibrant, and very popular, but a few things happened in the matter of a few months. Read More
Sometimes fear can stop me from moving forward with a painting. This is the story of a time I didn’t let it. Read More
I’m not 100% classically trained. I’ve had many good art instructors who have taught me how to create shadows, make shapes with color, and balance negative and positive space. However, once I left their instruction I had to experiment a lot with my technique.
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In art we often talk about inspiration. Going out, seeing different sights and experiencing new things can contribute to our inspiration because they open our mind to other possibilities. In July 2017 I started painting in my garden, and I discovered that it drives me to paint endlessly. Read More
Beet Salad changed the way I create and here's how. Read More