“There is beauty in everything, even in sadness.”
My art comes instinctually and is an expression of the things that I have experienced, observed, or have had dreams/nightmares about. By unravelling and expressing my instinct into a painting it gives me answers. I like to be brave enough to show my personal turmoil for others to relate to and also to capture my observations of others. I like to show to everyone who views my art that there is beauty to be found in everything.
I am a self-taught acrylic based mixed media artist. My preferred approach is that I always paint on the raw side of a primed canvas, as I believe it is reflective of the life I have lived. Things are not always given to you and I have always been faced to make something from nothing. With everything you do in life you first have to make the foundation to plant your seed. When it blossoms and I see the beautiful colours on the ground that I have built, there is nothing else like it for me in this world. Hence, even knowing there is a ground that’s given to me on the right side of the canvas, I prefer the process of making it on my own, and forging my own path.
Exploring how to use the unprimed side of the canvas really fascinates me and it rings true to my personal philosophy of being challenged. In fact, one of my main goals is for the viewer to understand the philosophy behind the untouched natural surface of the artwork and not just the image itself.
For portraits, the process starts with a solid colour underneath before it is covered by the shell of the body. I do this because I believe there is a true being of the person, an aura you cannot hide even in the worst situations in life.
As the composition takes shape, I often use flowers, plants, and animals to help illustrate the symbolic meaning behind the work and to tell the story. Once I begin applying colours and adding details, I get consumed by the way the brush, and the colours become me. It’s as if the painting flows through me and takes hold of me, spiritually.
Lastly, I always finish the painting by stitching my name with hand-dyed red thread, which symbolises strength and connection, while closing that chapter of my life.
Ultimately, my desire is for the viewer to connect to at least one of the emotions I’ve expressed, and then, while looking closer, peeling back the meanings to discover the sadness and the beauty.