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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 large abstract paintings explore the concept of light and darkness coexisting, both literally and metaphorically. My other series investigate language, the compression of time, identity, and paradoxes.

I first began painting from photographs in magazines and library books at age nine. While studying The Impressionist works of Monet and Renoir at a young age, I became fascinated with their loose brushwork and mastery of light. This influence of techniques still shows in my work today.

Living in France brought about a change. My work became more refined, with a simultaneous shift towards realism. Eventually, the predetermined imagery I was using ceased to interest me. I began 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.