Biography & Project Statement
The artists whom I admire most, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Willem de Kooning, Joan Mitchell and Jean Mitchel Basquiat all have played a significant role in my development as an artist. These artists worked fearlessly. Painting was their redemption against hardship. The act of painting acted as a reminder that, despite everything, there was still something beautiful left in this world.
As important as my influences are, I must be true to myself in my own work. Once I allow this to happen, to let go, the work just flows. Everything seems to slip away and there is a stillness inside my body. The process of painting has given me a sense of joy. It has allowed me to experience beauty in way that I cannot describe. The hardships I have endured have only intensified this feeling. Painting is way of showing that through everything, a feeling of pure hope can still exist each day.
Philip Guston once said, “When you’re in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you – your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics… and one by one if you’re really painting, they walk out. And if you’re really painting YOU walk out.”
So, now, I am really painting, and everyone is in there with me. It is wonderful feeling and it is something that I never want to let go
Painting is my happiness.