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ARTIST STATEMENT

Using my surroundings as an inspiration, I first painted abstract landscapes and cityscapes from photographs taken while traveling abroad. After studying the Impressionists at a young age, I became fascinated with their loose brushwork and mastery of light. The influence of these techniques shows in the progression of my early work, which reflects both real and abstract principles. While living in France my work became more refined, with a simultaneous shift towards realism. Eventually, the inspirational imagery I was using ceased to interest me, and I began experimenting with new techniques and expanding further into abstraction.

My work today is done intuitively. It is rooted in emotions, ideas, and nature. My work is in close conversation with my surroundings, and my paintings often reference a horizon. My recent work explores the concept of light and darkness coexisting, both literally and metaphorically. I am interested in the emotional representation of paradoxes. 

Each brushstroke is intentional, and I am drawn to the constant struggle of losing and regaining control of the paint. This work is physically demanding. I build the canvases myself, and they are often larger than me. I am constantly rotating and adjusting the height of the canvas, shifting my position, and moving while painting. Although orchestrating the compositions and working at this scale can be demanding, I enjoy it immensely.