We are increasingly disconnected from the natural world and bombarded with information from a 24hr news cycle, as well as from our devices and apps. Concurrently there has been a slow building mental health crisis within our society and I cannot help but see a correlation between the two.
As someone who has personally battled episodes of depression and low self-worth since puberty, I have chosen to create experiential work that propagates positivity and beauty. The aim is to uplift others by creating moments of wonder and joy to counteract the difficulties of being.
Time spent outdoors is vital to both my wellbeing and artistic practice. It is a necessary escape from the noise and distraction of our modern world, like hitting a reset button. Whether walking through a city park or hiking through the wilderness, this act of moving meditation fills me with quite calm, my senses heightened. The world around me dissolves into patterns of color and light as I experience a sense of wonder, creative energy, and a desire to share these positive emotions with others.
The imagery within my work stems from the natural world. My practice starts with these meditative walks and is periodically accompanied by the creation of plein-air drawings. The process of distilling and abstraction occurs from the beginning; my vision simultaneously blurring certain details while elevating others. The act of exploration and refinement does not end in the wilderness but seeps into my studio practice with the creation multi-layered fiber-based collages. These in turn inspire large multi-layered oil paintings as well as mixed-media installations. The addition of each layer and mark within a piece is an active search for the perfect amount of information with which to express the spirit of these therapeutic environments. The process results in bright, bold, visually busy compositions that include patterns and textures that may not exist in the original place yet express it perfectly.