I like to make statements about the world at large, but to me these ideas are more concrete when I represent them visually. So, in a sense, each of my works is a "translation" of sorts. My hope is simply to see if others feel the same way that I do, or that my work may change their perspective.
My initial sketches start off realistically and become more abstract as I work, cutting back to the core of the idea, or the feeling behind the idea. I use pencil, charcoal, and pastel because I prefer the immediacy of mark-making. It is much like writing, and allows me to build up the layers of color that are a major part of my visual vocabulary.
My current body of work is called "The Space Between". This most recent work began as an interest in organic shapes that I constructed in 3D form, and how those shapes reacted to being constrained within boxes or other restricting physical barriers. Then, I also started exploring spaces in the landscape, the night sky, and the concepts of the vastness of space as well. Currently, my work concerns how we—our bodies—fit into the landscape as organic shapes, and how our bodies form landscapes of their own.