I’ve been creating art most of my life. I started painting seriously about eight years ago, showing my pieces at various local shows in the Allston, MA, area where I was living at the time. Six years ago, I made the decision to get serious and go back to school, graduating in 2015 from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with a BFA. While there, I not only sharpened up my painting game, I learned to work in a number of new mediums: watercolor, mixed media, print-making and ceramics.
I am interested in decay, distressed or worn and used objects, dark humor, emotions, and the underlying stories often overlooked. My preferred mediums are oil, quill pen and ink and sometimes acrylic. I use traditional painting methods to build dense, rich backgrounds, and these days often mix accidental/abstract components with realism to create my fantasy landscapes and scenes.
Many of my images and ideas come from my dreams. As a child, I had a very active imagination and I’m still working with some of my thoughts and stories from my past. I’m influenced by fantasy, horror, science fiction, my life experiences and what I see around me in the world today. Some of my themes are completely imaginative and brightly whimsical, others more political and intensely disturbing. To all of this, I bring my own lowbrow twist, often with dark humor.
A list of artists I admire would include: Mark Ryden, Esao Andrews, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Michael Hussar, and Zdzislaw Beksinski. I’m strongly influenced by West Coast Pop Surrealism.
I spend most of my time painting, toggling between two or three works as I build images, let dry, and revise.