Two distinct styles of art that engage me most are architecture and figurative work. My first passion developed while completing an architecture degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. I soon realized that I became more fascinated with fantasy and visionary design than with the practicality of architecture as a profession . The poetics of space intrigued me, and visionary architects like Piranesi and Violet Le Duc became an inspiration to my work. My journey began after university with a series of abstract paintings using basic geometrical design. As more pieces were created, the architecture became more elaborate and complex . Constructed from my imagination, I create visual journeys in perspective and layers of depth. Like a puzzle, I experiment spontaneously, adding one element at a time without preliminary sketches until a complete structure appears. I enjoy creating visual trips for the mind, and opening doorways of perception. It is intriguing to use various types of layers, openings and enclosures to achieve a myriad of spacial emotional experiences.
After completing my first series of fantasy architectural pieces, I moved into an entirely new direction, without any knowledge of the path that lay before me. I then discovered my second passion. This process began with a small sketch pad and black ink, swirling in circles until a face started to appear. I taught myself how to construct the human figure over time with the help of many anatomy art books. However, it is my imagination only that creates the image of the character on the canvas, as I never use a model to draw from. First, I start with their eyes so that I may discover their essence, which then inspires me to proceed with the rest of their form. Different faces and costumes appear, reflective of various historical periods that I do not research or plan.
I am an interpreter of my work just like people who view my art for the first time. Because I have no intention at the start of a drawing or painting, I enjoy standing with my audience, while we create a narrative about the possible story behind a piece. To me, this is a testament to the mystery of creative power. It is something greater than us, an influence to honor, coming from a rich and abundant source in the universe that is beyond our capacity for understanding.Through the years, I have come to develop my own inner beliefs about some of the origins of this figurative work, while still respecting that which is beyond our awareness.
These personae I create, are always unfamiliar to me. However, their character and personalities become so well defined, it seems to me as if they appear without my guidance. After spending so many hours getting to know them while I draw, their essence and the core of who they are becomes clear to me. I feel I know them intimately . Who are they? I always ask myself, and I ask them. It occured to me that I am rendering souls from a different plane of existence. I come to routinely expect their visits, and am truly surprised by how unique they all are. It becomes apparent to me that there is some larger force at work. The figures I draw seem to come from different historical periods. Some souls tend to be human in nature, expressing their past lives and occupations. Others tend to have a spiritual nature, like benevolent teachers descending, in order to transmit messages of peace and healing. These souls and guides seem to pass through me as a medium, in order to be heard . Some appear to have the need to be acknowledged and seen, perhaps because their lives were not validated somehow in previous incarnations.
Through the years, this process has created a strong bond and compassion for those souls who work through me. There is a great joint expression of love and healing , while I bring them into existence, and experience their characters and temperments emotionally like family. It feels like a responsibility I have to them, as I continue to work side by side with those who choose to visit.