Some of the most fun I have painting is playing with ideas and layering meaning. Whether I set out to or not, my work often becomes an allegory of sorts. Ever since I can remember, I've tried to find meaning by drawing parallels between the microcosm and macrocosm, especially between our internal and external worlds.
In my latest narrative portraits I try to show more about who the individual is through the chosen symbolism. I feel honored to be able to pay homage to these wonderful human beings that I am lucky to live amongst. We truly are in this together and I wish we could really start to see eachother, not what divides us but what makes us human, what we share. We are here for a mere blip in time, why not love and appreciate eachother?
I, like many, am feeling sorrow for the hatred we see every day, this is just my small way, the only way I know how, to try to put some beauty in the world, and I can only do it because of those who are in these works. They are the real works of art, those who carry within them the beauty and complexity of the joy and heartbreak of this experience. I am grateful to you.
Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they
arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.