The Process. This is where I find the most joy and meaning in my work. It is therapeutic and I can find satisfaction in knowing I created something at all.
My process begins with a blank page.
I start with a single stroke or a puddle, letting the paint form its own paths.
I step away, come back, and evaluate.
Working off of the colors, patterns, lines formed, I apply the next layer.
Over days or weeks, I repeat this process until I can see a finished product.
I never have a clear picture in my head of what my end result will be. It is not about that for me, it is about what I learn along the way. Which colors best create a certain mood, which patterns replicate something I see in nature, how can I push this idea further the next painting. Experimentation and play drive every move I make in my studio.
I am subconsciously inspired by my personal experiences. Many times, I look at my work when its done and realized it looks like a wave crashing, or a human heart, or a map of South America. Without realizing it, I bring moments of my life into my paintings. Much of my work brings in topographical elements, roadmaps of where the viewer should look next. As a graphic designer, I like controlling the path a viewer takes. It adds order to the chaos of my work.
The organic shapes and patterns of nature have always been present in my work. Water has had a particularly strong influence on many of my pieces. I find the unpredictability of water and how it moves, creates and destroys to be fascinating. Using paint that is watered down adds a sense of excitement to my process because I never know where it will flow, or how it will dry.
Combining all of these elements requires me to visually problem solve at every step. I work from what I see before me rather than planning ahead. This sense of freedom and not knowing what will come next drives my creativity on a daily basis.