“We confuse signs, words, numbers, symbols, and ideas, with the real world. This is a disaster! […] We’re so tied up in our minds that we’ve lost our senses. Time to wake up!” Alan Watts
With incredible advances in fields like medicine, agriculture, and communications, science and technology have significantly increased the standards of living for many people. They have also drastically altered the nature of life in the modern world. While we are living longer, healthier lives and are connected to people around the globe in ways that weren’t possible even twenty years ago, we are becoming detached from the here and now. We experience life at a distance, and are losing touch with our immediate surroundings.
Art is a means for me to contemplate the world and to connect to the present. I use the long-established approach of drawing from direct observation. Whether sitting on a train or in my home, or walking through a park, I draw the people, places, and things around me as if I were seeing and experiencing them for the first time. My art is imbued with emotion, humor, and creative interpretation of subject matter. Aesthetically speaking, I enjoy playing with colors of a limited palette, abstracted form, flattened space, distorted perspective, varied textures, and “all over” compositions. I prefer experimenting in several mediums rather than mastering one, and I enjoy exploring other visual art forms like sculpture, installation, and printmaking.
I hope that my art will resonate with my audience on an imaginative and emotional level and inspire them to contemplate their own subjective and spontaneous relationship to the world. No matter how sophisticated society may become or how much easier science and technology may make our lives, it’s of absolutely no use if we haven’t the slightest clue how to live in the here and now.
Artist Bio / CV
I was born in 1982 in a suburb of Buffalo, New York to a family of four. Art and music played a very important role in helping me survive through an emotionally bleak environment. In 2004 I received a B.F.A. from the State University of New York at Fredonia, where I studied painting under professor Alberto Rey. After college I lived in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for three and a half years. During that time I taught teens creative arts and music at two non-profit organizations, Lighthouse International and Citizens Advice Bureau in the South Bronx. In late 2007 I moved to the Berkeley, California and lived there for one and a half years. I currently live in the Nyack, NY attending CUNY Lehman for a Master’s Degree in Education.