artist statement

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. – Pablo Picasso

From a young age, I was drawn to expressive forms of art. Whether it was orating a story or drawing vivid images, I created art. My eye on life has always been somewhat askew and it is now part of how I visually express myself. Over the years, my style has continued to evolve. I have always been drawn towards more gestural and bold non-representational images to express feelings or images.

 

All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness. – Eckhart Tolle

I am usually working on several bodies of work concurrently. I have always felt that the organized chaos of my life has provided me with creative innovation. My works are usually multi-media ranging from oils, acrylics, collage, metals, to recyclable tech art. I have no limitations or standard tools in creating artwork. Each piece varies based on the individual expression and moment of creation. However, I try to incorporate a use of layering in each work to help create a more dynamic image. Even though I consider my artwork to be non-representational, there’s no question that imagery appears in my work.

 

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. – Scott Adams

Having a life full of mistakes, I have found that the more I experience life, the more I need creativity. It was in those trials and tribulations that one finds strength, knowledge, and empathy. Besides the normal diversities in life, in 2013, I found out I had breast cancer. I have endured chemotherapy, surgeries, radiation, and hormone therapy. Cancer has been a difficult journey. My art is an expression of the various interests and experiences of my life. I live in both the right and left brain, which can be seen in the varying forms of works produced. Many of my abstract paintings will express the more creative side of my mind. The structural and logical aspects are usually produced through my tech-art and comic-based art. It’s within these two dynamics that I try to find a balance of aesthetic stimulation that compliments each other.

 

True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist. – Albert Einstein

My first undergraduate degree was a BS in Organizational Management. Academically, I went on to complete an Master of Public Health in Human Sexuality, leading to job as the Executive Director for a HIV/AIDS non-profit. I continued working in the non-profit industry until my mid-thirties, before taking time to raise my children. I continued my academics to complete a BS in Information Technology. In addition, I have almost completed three other degrees, one being a BFA in Drawing. After fighting cancer, I decided to pursue my dream of being an artist. I realized I cannot deny that art is an essential part of who I am. I have begun created works that express the unusual experiences and thoughts that surround my life.

The object of art is to give life a shape. -William Shakespeare

back in the day all smiles 

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