For as long as I can remember I have always seen the world as combinations of colors. Letters, numbers, words, names: these are all mapped out in my mind within specific color matrices. This unconscious color instinct has always driven my art, but it also extends into other creative realms.
Many of my paintings begin with poems. Functioning like sketches, my poems are lyrical abstractions of specific memories, emotions, and experiences, which form the basis of my paintings through deliberate juxtapositions and exaggerations of ingrained color choices. Utilizing the rhythm and meter of words to draw meaning from complex color associations, my poems are the first step towards visually translating the essence of ideas into something tangible.
Obsessed with travel and a need to capture the spirit of places and moments, my paintings often feature elaborate organic forms drawn from botanic, marine, and animal references. These images, collected from far-flung corners of the world, are transformed in my imagination then merged with my initial poetic abstractions to become otherworldly forms and surreal dreamscapes.