Size: 12"W x 12"H x 1.5"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
I try to visit St. John at least once a year, but things don't always go as planned. I painted this piece to resurrect the feelings I have when I'm there -- a surreal state of awe at the color and beauty of the island. I didn't want this piece to be realistic, because, in St. John, it almost doesn't feel real. From the tropical trees, to the crisp blue sky, to the aquamarine water, to the awe-inspiring sunsets, you almost remain in a dream-like state for your duration on island.
Using a variety of colors, I applied the paint with both a palette knife and brush, constantly scraping and blending to lose the sense of realism. The piece is finished with a varnish for long-term protection.
The vast majority of my artwork comes directly from photos I've taken. I think art is all about perspective, and I enjoy taking the photos I've collected and painting them in a way that defies their realism -- perhaps being more reflective of the emotion experienced while in that location/setting/situation. I try to create a balance of color harmony, while also eliciting an emotional response. When you look at my paintings, I want you to feel something or be transported somewhere.
I am a traveler at heart, and I try to spend as much time as possible reaching the far corners of the earth to be inspired by the awesome beauty that's out there. My paintings are a reflection of photos I've taken that capture my glimpse into "the other side." I aim for my artwork to reach and beg contemplation of the thin veil that connects this material world to the ethereal. Whether abstract or landscape, I aim for a sense and feeling of crossing over. I've painted my entire life and earned two master's degrees in psychology. I am self-taught, though I've dedicated as much time to studying art as I did to both degrees!