I grew up in San Jose, CA where I began drawing as a child before discovering oil painting as a student at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. I credit my oil painting teacher, Mrs. Sara Totah, with introducing me to the amazing medium and helping me develop my craft over two semesters. Based on that foundation, I developed different approaches to my oil paintings over the last couple of decades — brush, palette knife and drip or a mix of all three. With these different styles, I’ve been able to experiment with how one style can convey one feeling versus another. I use oil because I fell in love with its saturation in color and how through layers, you can create dynamic colors and depth. My top favorite artists are J. M. W. Turner, Helen Frankenthaler, Emil Nolde, Richard Diebenkorn, Edgar Degas, and Jeremy Mann (Oakland based artist). The way that Turner created light in his paintings captivated me from the start. I strive to have depth and light in every painting I create. This is my way of sharing my light with others. My philosophy on art is that its all an experiment. Every time I step into the studio, I’m thinking of what could I do that would bring me joy. It can be painting a painting to just mixing paint and creating color studies. I am constantly learning. There is not a day that goes by when I walk out of the studio not knowing something new. I currently live in San Francisco with my family and paint in a studio in our backyard.
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Art, to me, is about connection... a connection to oneself, a connection to others, a connection to Mother Earth, a connection to the Universe.
In my work, you can find yourself experiencing the awe of nature or the feeling of floating through another planet. While living on our world, there are other worlds we occupy in the depths of our conscious and subconscious. Dreams influence my paintings, and in my dreams, I've flown through these worlds and danced as if I was levitating in the clouds.
In some of my creations, you may find yourself standing on a shore in Hawaii, smelling the salty air and feeling the sun on your face. In others, you can be floating through a nebula in outer space and feeling what it would be like to be wrapped in indigo.
In the end, through my artistic explorations, my hope is for you to connect to yourself and know you are part of something bigger.
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