I was born and raised in the middle of a Texas desert: dry, hot, brown and aridly ugly. The nearest ocean was 600 miles away. As kids, we dreamed of tropical islands, pirate boats, and sea creatures. Our primary mode of entertainment was the public pool or, if we were lucky enough to get invited, the neighbor’s backyard pool. We would run barefoot across the 102 degree melting asphalt to dive full bore into a cool pool. Nothing changes your state of mind or mood like a beautiful blue swimming pool on a miserably hot day.
My work has come from these memories of summers spent leaping and diving, cannonballs and back flips, breath-holding contests and looking up through chorine-filtered sunlight, daydreaming. In water, we become weightless, buoyant and free. I still seek this feeling and vantage point.
I combine two different mediums to create a hybrid image. Starting with family and personal photographs altered to be more perfectly composed, these prints are then painted over, with some parts remaining untouched. The underlying image serves as the memory. The paint on top serves as the emotion, the colors that we all have inside that adds to the memory. Together, they create a nostalgic version of the past I carry with me into the present.
Doctor of Philosophy, 1989