I approach my canvasses as if they are open windows that anyone can look through to see into another world. The intention is for the viewer to see so deeply into the painting, that eventually, the line of sight reconnects with the individual. This is to bring about a unique, all-encompassing experience which not only heightens the personal notion of “self”, but increases the concept of oneness or co-consciousness through the merging of worlds . This was my way of using my illness for something good. Through exploring a compendium of subjects on one visual plane at a time, I hope people could enter wholly into the pursuit of finding themselves, remembering where they came from, and discovering what they mean. Appreciating what they have.
I am currently seeking a broader home for my work, so that I can bring my life experiences to a wider audience. With the book I am writing and have been for years using my life as a roadmap to a greater experience, to go alongside the body of work I am currently working in, universalism. My goal is to travel work this show.
I started painting seriously at age 16 when I found I could no longer cope with the outside world. I've been battling mental illness my whole life and art was the one and only thing that broke me through the barrier of reality and enabled me to make sense of anything. My work is my truth,my reality and all I've ever wanted to do is share that with the world
I became, ever-thirsty for exploring, sharing, and making new discoveries. In the midst of creating my art, I began to gather a collection of ideas to bring something new to art. This became a lifelong project, Universalism.
I have always utilized my own life as a medium in my art, using my own journey to punctuate and hopefully illuminate the journey for us all. I have always felt a strong, inherent responsibility to others to create experiences, such as I have had whether due to mental illnesses or spirituality, awakening us to something higher than what we know, or who we think we are.
Having built a foundation for myself, I started exhibiting my work with both solo and group shows throughout both Indiana and Kentucky, New York, and Illinois. I continue to do so today.