In the past five years, I have spent a great deal of time
studying old master drawing and painting, such as Michelangelo,
Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Studying these
masters taught me technical skills that I will always use. However,
in the past year I feel I have had a breakthrough into another
realm. I transformed from a technical renderer into an artist.
Since this breakthrough, my paintings function more as a whole
image, and they express more on a conceptual level. This new
approach has opened up a door through which I am able to
express myself at a more intuitive level. I am able to use my
technical abilities to express rather than to confine my intuitions.
I want to continue to explore and find ways to keep the art
of painting always alive within our rapidly growing technological
digital world, traditionally and in the modern sense. I initially
respond to the architectural structure of a space. Particularly,
I am interested in dark spaces and how light causes forms to
emerge from them, along with the psychological effects and
interpretations that these works enable.
Philosophically, I want
the works to question concepts of reality and simultaneously
to create a reality of their own. The most recent pieces deal
with psychological thresholds, as crossing places into new
states or experiences which offer the possibility to exceed
boundaries. However, I do not see their identity as fixed in any
one meaning. Each work has a possible individual interpretation,
and as series they offer even more possible interpretations.
I believe that art, as a human experience, has been the most
important part of our existence from the time of the ancient
cave paintings up to modern times and beyond. We must not
let art become trapped in idealist concepts of beauty or truth.
When it becomes trapped, it loses flexibility and becomes a
system of codes constrained by biased principles that must be
broken. This is important to me as an artist striving to find my
personal form of expression. I feel that this is a crucial time for
me. I am just becoming an artist, and there is much ahead of
me. I am the larva that has not yet made its cocoon.