Spirit is what connects all of humanity. The innate human nature that drives us to judge one another based on nothing more than face value is a notion that fascinates me and thoroughly influences the direction of my work. I have many great artistic influences, of course, but my own exploration has become what truly propels me forward. My personal quest for a feeling of connection to what lies around me has not only been a very spiritual mission, but it has led me to a deep understanding of something I learned from Deepak Chopra many years ago: “We are all spiritual beings in rented bodies… this body is a blessing, but it is temporary. Only the spirit endures.”
In every work I create, I strive to show the imperfection, stress, and underlying beauty of the beings I portray. There are no fine characteristics or clearly defined attributes in these figures. They are everyone and no one. They are stripped to their most essential elements… their most basic form. The meaning is in the representation of the image, not the image itself. Every mark is deliberate.
With a very fluid and meditative approach to my practice, what continues to emerge is this constant: our inner beauty transcends the physical, emotional, and mental barriers that our life experiences have created within us. What I hope to tap into is the need for every single one of us to realize and embrace that. My work is deeply connected to my soul, and I attempt to convey that in everything that I do.