Why do I paint? I paint because there is enough negativity, enough callousness, and enough mechanized stuff in the world to drive us all crazy. I feel like we lose touch with ourselves and our humanity, and in reaction I strive to paint against the contemporary tide of pessimism and a jaded view of the world- and hopefully give strength to the belief that there is still tenderness, beauty, and timeless principles alive in our society. Looking at the news makes me wonder if it has all vanished, but life continues to teach me that love and tenderness-although delicate-come back time and time again. I hope to continue the tradition that is so very human- to paint by hand, with brushes, on a surface in all sorts of mediums- in portraying our experiences.
Much of my art is inspirational, feminine, and echoes the Renaissance in a contemporary light. My work uses ornament, symbolism, and composition found in classical art to create timelessness, meaning, and balance, while also applying methods of creating beautiful figures inspired by Da Vinci and Hellenistic sculpture. My art incorporates an appreciation of antiquity and natural materials through a variety of mediums and texturing processes, and merges the past with the present.
I feel there is responsibility for the spiritually minded artist to project experiences of our souls onto canvas and panel, in order for us to remember and preserve our glimpses of and interactions with heaven. I have found that my most poignant experiences with the spiritual side of art has come from art that is found in Europe- from the Pantheon in Rome to Michelangelo’s Unfinished Slaves in Florence to Rodin’s Gates of Hell in Paris. It is my hope to visually speak the same language and thereby inspire others as well.
Traditionally speaking, art has been the means of depicting divinity- we know the face of Christ, Zeus, Buddah and others based on works created by inspired mortals. We recognize the attributes of godliness by the tools our ancestors used to portray whom they worshipped, and in their search for depicting perfection, harmony, and beauty they developed principles that are now embodied in classical art and architecture. This approach embodies so much of what we humans aspire to in this life, from Washington D.C. to Greece, these principles have given a face to and sanctuary to courage, honor, knowledge, love and country. My hope is to continue this rich history in our contemporary era in my art, and thereby continue to preserve and depict the principles, divinity, and ideals we seek for.