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ARTIST STATEMENT

Rooted in concept, emotion, and often in close conversation with my surroundings, my work today is intuitively accomplished. My monochromatic abstracts are explore the coexistence of light and dark, both literally and metaphorically, while the gold and metal leaf paintings on mirrors investigate language and its different cultural interpretations. My recent “Remnant Series” of acrylic paint cast in small epoxy resin squares is about the compression of time and memory.

I began painting at age nine and was immediately attracted to The Impressionists’ loose brushwork and their mastery of both light and color. Their influence still shows in my work today.

My work evolved while living in France. It became more refined, with a simultaneous shift towards realism. I started experimenting with new techniques and expanding further into abstraction.

Today, I am drawn to the constant struggle of losing and regaining control in large abstract painting. Working at this scale is physically demanding. I build the canvases myself, and they are often larger than me. I am constantly rotating and adjusting the painting, shifting my position, and moving while painting. I have a hard time sitting still, but painting forces me to be patient.