I start each painting simply by getting paint on the canvas and allowing the energy and the spontaneous flow of the paint to form the initial work. Organically, I apply collage, graphite, pencil, spray paint, and various found objects to add texture and build layers. Depending on my mood while painting, I create art that can be soothing and peaceful or alive and bursting with colour and life. My greatest pleasures are finding a home in the painting for discarded ‘treasures’ like rusted scraps of metal, weathered paper, old nails, etc. Sometimes those pieces form the main element but often they can be a hidden gem for the viewer to stumble upon. My emotional inspirations come from a variety of sources including nature, music, personal experiences, and graffiti. I love to see how colours react with each other and the overall feeling a finished painting emits.
Recently I have been working with wooden boxes as a base. I paint directly on the wood and incorporate layers of texture, adding and removing until I reach the balance of contentment and tension I am looking for. Practically, the wood also carries more weight and allows me to incorporate more complex physical elements into the work. Sometimes I like to ‘tag’ my work either freehanded or, if I want a more controlled look, with a handmade stencil.