About the Artist
My journey to becoming an artist
I guess I was a renaissance man from the very beginning. I loved sketching, taking things apart, and creating various "projects" as a child. I explored math and science with vigor and learned to use both sides of my brain. Being or becoming an artist has never been a question, it was the inevitable outcome.
How would I describe my process to an observer?
My process follows a natural flow, not totally created in my mind, but realized with my hands and soul. During the painting process, I can go wild at times, but still, at the same time, remain concentrated and focused. I explore the unlimited potentiality of chromatic and tonal scales, visual planes and movement within a two-dimensional framework.
I interact with the canvas while painting, in the sense that I do not use an easel, but instead lay the canvas flat while constantly moving around it. I interact from each side and angle and have the freedom to engage in the piece in its entirety, an improvisational journey with unexpected twists and turns. Working in this manner allows me to create gestural movements and markings with my hands, as well as numerous tools. The total immersion into the physicality of my process helps me connect with the composition, entropy, texture and color theory while constantly seeking the most pleasing mix of all components.
What does my work aim to say?
I don't like giving much direction to the interpretation of my work because I don't want to influence the viewer's perspective. It is important that they trust their own insights and find their own stories as viewers of the painting. My only intrusion is the title.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with honors from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Some of my influences
I have been influenced by many artists. Kandinsky for his compositions, Rothko for his spiritual nature, and of course Richter for his techniques.