Artist Statement

Art has its own magic, its solitude and contemplative consciousness that is missing from today's social norms. Traditional oil painting techniques are becoming more and more archaic. Their temporal process is too slow for today's world. Demand for instant gratification is so overwhelming that anything that demands time and depth of experience is rare and hard to come by. This precise meditative slowness and deliberate attention to every aspect of oil painting as a medium is what draws me to this material. Oil painting gives the artist an ability to control every aspect of his/her creation- from support to ground, to pigments to varnishes. It is the power of creation and all that is needed is knowledge, curiosity, experience and drive. This power to create something from nothing with my own two hands gives purpose to life. It's a chance to give something back, to leave a piece of myself behind and to share my vision and my fascination with the world.