Artist Statement

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Recovering ArtistAt a very young age, I knew art would encompass my life. It felt right – normal, if you will. I learned what true freedom meant through expressing my creativity. My artwork, whether realism, abstract or a combination, gives me an opportunity to express internal struggles – sobriety, control, judgment and the quest for acceptance – that have been stumbling blocks on my path to becoming a better human being. My work enhances my journey toward complete happiness.

I often say, “God had different ideas for me.” This is a proven truth in my life. I now spend most of my time painting commissioned and original pieces, and sharing my gift with people in the recovery community.

Regardless of the subject matter, I use realism in many of my paintings. What I relate to, I paint. It’s an empathic experience that reminds me where I’ve come from.

Our lack of perfection is the beauty of being human in its purest form. The subjects of my current portrait work are famous religious and pop icons, many of whom have had private issues made public. Some have persevered through this very personal exposure while others have not. Surrounded by vibrant color, these black and grey subjects are my nod to the old adage, “All that glitters is not gold.”

My abstract paintings are about the release of control. The questions I ask myself are: How much control over things do I really have? or better yet, Do I even want the responsibility of being in control? The pouring and fluid techniques I use are my way of surrendering to the process of creativity. In most cases, this letting go of control is short-lived. Control finds its way back into my work as I manipulate the edges where the pouring or fluid painting begins and ends.

I often say, “God had different ideas for me.” This is a proven truth in my life. I now spend most of my time painting commissioned and original pieces, and share my gift with people in the recovery community in the greater Austin, Texas, area as well as abroad.

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