Ever since I was a child I can remember looking up at the stars and my mind would start to wander into deep thought. I would be entranced by the vastness of space and the concept of infinity and wonder how we (or anything) exists. Even if the universe was just empty space, how could that even exist? Isn't empty space still something? Then my mind felt like it hit a wall and could go no further. This is the place where my paintings come from: somewhere between reality and mystery.
The focus of my work is to invoke an awareness of the complexity and beauty of the world around us, seen and unseen. I do so by incorporating the lesser-known elements of nature and science into my paintings in addition to my creative interpretation of the unseen, mysterious components of life.
The observable scientific subject matter may include microscopic views of single-cell radiolarians, the facets of a bee's eye, or anatomy right down to the cellular level and beyond. They are the components of biology and science that are still on the edge of exploration, from the neurons in our brains to the fabric of the universe. I believe having a deep awareness of nature gives us an appreciation for life, it makes us wonder, it inspires, and allows us to think beyond the reality that's immediately in front of us.
To further that concept, I incorporate a surreal element to my work. It represents the mysteries in life: the unseen, the unknown, creativity, the subconscious, untapped possibilities, and so on. It is the balance of concrete, observable reality with the mysteries of life that I explore and expose to others in my paintings.