I believe that humans are made up of two parts, vehicle and traveler. The complicated nature of this symbiotic relationship is always present even though the nature of this relationship is not my focus. Instead I create expressions, of the effects experienced during a lifetime, through these two inseparable parts. Here the vehicle is represented by clear materials while the traveler is always represented as color. I use plastic based polymers, alcohol suspensions, and other synthetic products to create my pieces. Each layer supports the next by creating chemical bonds that envelop and suspend the colored pigmentation inside. As my process evolves and progresses, the traditional framework created by canvas, paper, wood and stone will disappear as each new piece transitions into a state of fully layered pigment suspension inside a polymer form.
In 1980, I was born in New York to a pair of artists. That, is where the similarities between them stop. My father painted stoic oil images on canvas, or used latex imbued pigments to stain every wall of his Long Island home. My mother worked with sewing machines, dancefloors, and glitter creating an artful world full of NYC shimmer, movement, and music. By the time I was old enough to remember them, what they once had no longer existed. In its place stood two distinct and opposing lifestyles, each with its own set of distinct and opposing rules. That dichotomy became the lens through which I experienced life. Throughout my youth any attempt of artistic expression was plagued by my inability to reconcile this. I naively started to jump from discipline to discipline learning the foundations of traditional art practices but never developing them further. This practice continued until I fell into photography in 1997.
During that time, I served as part of the United States Armed Forces. Using a camera to create instantaneously, eased the stresses of military life. It was the first time that being creative left me feeling balanced and at ease. Realizing that I could do anything in a way that made me feel unified, initiated my desire to attend college. In 2003, I began to pursue a formal education in arts communication.
Pursuing that instruction, is when I first began working with epoxies and polyurethanes. In 2011, while I earned an Associate of Fine Arts degree for my emerging skill in photographic and digital design, I continued to research artistic avenues with polymers and pigments. When that experimentation required me to strengthen the traditional art foundations I had abandoned in my youth, I starting searching for a University to further my education. In 2014, I began my journey toward a Bachelor's degree and changed my concentration to sculpture.
Currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, I am now nearing the end of this degree. What started out as a need filled by the immediacy of photography, is merging with the unrestrained nature of resin polymers. Every semester here has helped foster insights that further push each new artistic work to evolve. Now the division I once felt in myself is fading, replaced by an ever growing sense of reconciliation and unity.