A big part of who I am is being an empath. I aim to channel those feelings and emotions into the figures I draw or paint, hopefully reaching into my viewer’s empathetic side, and allowing them to feel my subject’s emotions with me. Normally, my art acts as an escape for me, but recently, I’ve started to use my personal experience with emotions, allowing me to work through them rather than avoid them.
The people in my life including family, friends, and loved ones fuel my concept that people’s states of being and emotions are ever-changing. I aim to capture the humanity of experiencing real and raw emotions, positive or negative. As my artistic exploration continues to grow and expand, I find myself always being drawn back to the subject of the figure.
I capture the essence of my subject and their emotional state of being in close up portrait paintings and charcoal drawings. My most recent trilogy of floral portraits portray individual women in my life including myself and their essence, emotional state, and femininity. In my paintings, I use the background space to represent the environment’s effect on the figure as they flow into each other. My works aim to show that one’s state of being is constantly changing, impacting and being impacted by the relationships with the environment and people that surround them.