“I was born into a family of school teachers and skilled laborers, not artists. And I’m not really an artist today, not in the formal sense anyway. I’m more of a multi-media expressionist… My creative interests are cyclical like the phases of some cold red moon, and they never stop. I write, I paint and I play the drums. Then I repeat the cycle, adding dashes of alternate pursuits along the way.
I took up drawing when I was nine after getting ahold of my late uncle’s cartooning notebook. It was like a holy tome for me and it inspired my love for cartoon illustration and comic books. I’ve written stories and played percussion since I was 15 years old. Ultimately pictures, words and music fuel my racing mind; and results vary.
The subjects of my work are as eclectic as my influences. Traditional subjects are few, but I enjoy painting stylized portraits of cultural icons (musicians and historical figures specifically). Unusual wildlife and certain macabre subject matter accounted for a lot of my earlier work. Today I find solace in a kind of freeform expressionism. Whatever happens happens, so to speak. And the physical composition of my current work is fifty percent improvisation, twenty percent concept and thirty percent time. Roughly. It’s a very flexible formula, however, and accommodating to variables.
The work displayed here is the result of organized madness inside a conceptual storm. The individual pieces are odd fruits shaken from brain trees by hurricane winds. As a series, though, they represent a chronic struggle to make sense of my own creative intentions. Within each of these paint, wood and paper abstractions lives my own expressive energy. My goal in creating [anything] is to capture, crystallize and convey a portion of that energy. I find art to be most poignant when steeped in sincerity. Technical discipline is a foundation — aesthetics a facade. Sincerity, though, is paramount. Without it expression is worthless; artistic expression being perhaps the most revolting of all when so hollow. But even sincerity can change direction or even disappear during creation and development. For me each work is a struggle to reach a catharsis and I hope it conveys that personal reality in a way an audience finds accessible and even fulfilling.”