The Internet, downloads, Photoshop actions, mobile and device software applications... transforming reality. We've become actors on a digital stage of clickable buttons and intangible fulfillment. No longer do we look to film photography to capture realism, but instead depend on a digital industry. We crave the opportunity to dissect photo perfection and alteration over flat pixels.
Through my work, I strive to discuss the relationship between the original subject captured and the transformation of the subject that is described. This work acknowledges the fundamental basics within the original printing of photographs and continues the conversation in terms of today's focus on altering images to resurrect nostalgic styles of the past.
Whether to recall memories, moments of success, pride or utter exhaustion, the subjects of my paintings are inspired by recollections of beauty found in color throughout the natural world. I am also inspired by the shape and texture that is familiar to organic abstraction. Rather than to recreate fading memories, I aim to capture the essence, my own personal understanding of a place. I recognize my style as a fusion of color and spontaneity into nostalgic yearning.
I work with the size and frame of each piece. To understand a subject and reclaim a memory of my own, I analyze the subject in a series of sketches which allow me to determine the depth needed for rediscovery. I see large canvases not as the platforms for imagery, but as a stage that allows for discovery through sets of sticking colors, palette knife gestures and cohesion.