ARTIST STATEMENT: â€œI awoke and continued to dream...,â€declared Max Beckmann, whose paintings evoke the essence of imagination and possibility. Following that same spirit and artistic legacy, my art explores imaginative and often unworldly visions of reality and surrealism. In some of my art I integrate the phenomenon of dreaming and waking life, in others itâ€™s just plain photo-realism.
Often whimsical and fantastical, such as with my Carousel paintings in which the animals come to life, or in my Fantasy / Graffiti paintings in which real life is integrated with walls of fantasy and pithy comments. While the paintings are done with a luscious jewel-tone palette, my drawings are created with a hard core sense of light and dark. My intent is to create an effect of visceral introspection and aesthetic intrigue that encourages the viewer to either laugh at, or ponder at the juxtapositions of life as we believe it to be.
My hope is that I would challenge the viewer to visit the various worlds of my imagination in order to transcend the parameters of their own lives.