I paint people because looking into a person's eyes is fascinating. A face reveals, and conceals, various stories and emotions simultaneously. You form a bond with the figure in the painting, because you recognize a part of yourself in them. For this reason, I will never be able to steer my art away from people.
Though not literally self-portraits, I consider all my paintings to be forms of me. In each piece, I chose elements that connected to my life at that time. I have a relationship with each piece, but the viewer is always free to make his or her own story, ideas, and connection with it.
I am currently working on being more experimental; to add more emotionally charged abstraction and sensations of movement into my paintings. My new direction is to always seek out a "yin-yang" of realism, in harmony with abstraction and movement, united into one fulfilled piece. This quest is just beginning.
California State University, Long Beach
Bachelor of Arts, 2011