Size: 11"W x 14"H x 0.05"D
Year Created: 2017
Both the concrete and abstract dualisms between the mind and body and how we construct our sense of self are of great fascination and importance to me. My work deals with the layers and connections between these two states of being: where they intersect and where they diverge. Together, painting and photography are my mediums used to illustrate themes such as intimacy, vulnerability, isolation, and the temporality of humanity. The differing construction techniques of materials and mediums aid in my replication of a person’s mental state. I begin with a photograph and manipulate it to portray the body as a concrete representation of internal consciousness and ambiguity. I then translate this image into a painting through layers of transparent washes, oil paint, and thick texture. Exploring the weight of space, these layers often mask or encroach upon subjects, creating an altered and intangible reality.
I am a Houston, TX based artist. My paintings revolve around themes of the mind and body, plants/nature, and expressive abstraction. I am always trying out new mediums but I mostly use oil paint, watercolors, gouache, and alcohol ink. I received my Bachelors degrees in both Painting and Photography in May 2010, and I completed my Masters in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute in May 2012. Creating is a necessity for me, and I don't know who I would be without it. I crave that artistic release. I love connecting with people through my art, because each piece I create is a little part of me. I hope you like what you see, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to reach out!