The Windows Series
I love to bask in the serenity of nature. I strive to capture that feeling with my brush and ink, creating windows of blissful peace.
I am enthralled by how a single tree captures light, wind, water, and gravity in its progression of growth. Each tree tells a story of time, space, light and form. Each landscape shows a balance between all the forces at play.
Wood is a living canvas that it brings its own rich history to the painting. I observe landscapes then look for boards that reflect the same lines and shades. With the right piece, painting feels like bringing forth the scene that is already in the wood.
My medium is brush and tattoo ink. This ink is specially ground to sit in the skin. I love the way the ink penetrates my “living” wood canvas, forming both deep strong lines and soft shallow washes that capture the forms and shadows of nature.
Many of my paintings feature an Enso – a Zen Circle. I draw the circle in one breath, capturing the expression of the moment. An Enso is said to symbolize absolute enlightenment, strength, elegance, and the universe itself.
"The basic image of art is not flesh and blood; it is mind. It is an image that has its home in the artist's soul."
The Wisdom Beings Series
When I paint a figure, I endeavor to separate what is real, and what is illusion in order to create empathy between the viewer and the subject. Outward appearances do not always reflect the depth of what is inside. Great strength can live in a small body; great spirituality can reside behind a rough face.
My favorite subjects are enchantingly complex individuals that have forged their own unconventional journeys: the young professional with multiple sclerosis, the chronically ill athlete, the transgender youth. I often picture them with their spirit beings: the sentient creatures of universal compassion that bring counsel, confidence and comfort.
In the first step of my process, I explore the essence of the subject by brushing tattoo ink on to wood. I love how the ink penetrates the surface, living within the wood like it lives in the skin.
Next, letting the grain direct the composition, I capture the representational being in paint, building in intimacy even at first glance by applying cool blue hues that mimic the visual illusion of the color-inverted afterimage left behind from observing an individual for a long time.
My work has evolved from portraits to storytelling as I strive to help people see out of each others eyes.