I create art much like solving a puzzle, or maybe sometimes like playing a chess game. Painting becomes a game of both theory and intuition - My work above all is the exploration of my imagination, riding the line of representation and abstraction.
The subjects I chose to paint are often brought out through my train of thought and recalled memories of previous studies or past paintings. Starting as muddled piles of color, loose line work, and texture I continue to push and pull elements of the painting giving priority to color and form that I find throughout the process. While my work begins with quick gesture and mark making, it under goes stages of carefully refined details when nearing the end to balance my compositions. I chase the idea that I can always create something entirely new even after every painting.
While I love painting, drawing is a crucial part of my process in which I sink my thoughts into my sketchbook and "let my pen do the work". I jot down notes and fill pages with random illustrations that come to me - in particular, thumbnail sketches of possible compositions that fuel future paintings. Because my approach to painting is often freestyled, it becomes an essential practice for visualization that can be always referenced if I am stuck on something.
I started painting and drawing during childhood after obsessing over the graffiti and cartoons I watched everyday. Since then, previous inspirations have assimilated with contemporary painting movements and artists that are subconsciously referenced through my work with my use of texture, colors, and surreal like imagery.
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