Statement of Intent
I have always found that painting is my easiest way to get my mind off my environment. It is an avenue of contemplation. Through art, I explore my consciousness, aesthetics, and ideals. Like Caravaggio, I use light as expression. Shadows and deep colors create an interplay of form that brings the eye into sharp focus. My paintings aim to tell and hide simultaneously. They are about secrets, emotion and held breaths. What is seen is as important as what is unseen.
Painting is philosophizing on existence, breaking it down and building it back up. The paintings are created in phases: expression, dissection, and imagination. The first two stages are focused on what is depicted and what is not. The third phase is about asking and revealing through the interplay of paint, building subtle layers of verisimilitude. Through painting, I aim to show explore both the physical and mental facets of being.
I live in Brooklyn. New York is a scary, supercharged place where beautiful discoveries happen constantly and people are fueled to create. It feeds me; it does not let my mind rest for a moment. New York is like my art, always bending my mind back to it, greedy for my immediate consideration. It is asking always while insisting on capturing my attention. I paint because the beauty of this place makes me.