Much of my work has been done in a two dimensional format on paper with gouache, acrylic, graphite or some mix of two. This is where my foundation has come from and I always return to it. I enjoy the challenge of controlling the feeling of depth within the confines of a two dimensional format. A sketch book has long been a friend by my side for me to explore and experiment with the images in my mind and the ones in the world around me.
I also do much with three dimensional sculpture made with panels that I have painted. This has challenges that I enjoy as well, while giving me more latitude of freedom. Along with this I work in a digital virtual 3 dimensional format in the virtual world of Second Life. In the computer generated world many things become possible for me to create that would otherwise be impossible. Movement, sound, music, are all things that can be controlled virtually.
When I work three dimensionally, I strive to create something that is immersive for the audience, making them feel they have entered one of my paintings. I believe that this has been a natural progression for me, because one of the things I strive for on paper is to provide an immersive experience. three dimensional mediums break the confines of the flat paper. I have found though that my years of experience with working on paper has allowed me to find ways to experiment with the depth in three dimensional works in unique ways.
My style ranges from abstract expressionism to illustrative. Over time, as I have experimented with these styles, I have found a fascination with how they can blend together while at the same time keeping a uniformity that is uniquely me. I feel this has been a great way to be versatile without being scattered. When the subject matter requires more realism I can go there and when it requires more abstraction, I can be comfortable there as well. Often I find the blending of the two can have a nice impact that speaks to multiple levels. When someone sees my work in any medium or style, I want it to be very clear that they all come from the same artist.
I enjoy creating art with content that provokes thought and emotions. This is my biggest driver to create art, because for me art is about the connection between the artist and the viewer. Through art we are able to not only express words, thoughts, and feelings, but often many things that may seem impossible to describe. I have frequently had someone who views my work share with me that my art has affected them the way I intended. I will admit that I am not always sure how it works out this way. I suppose that bit of mystery is one of the things that holds my interest in the arts as a whole.