BFA from Wayne State. University majoring in Painting and Printmaking; currently studio based in (Shadow Hills) Las Vegas. I am originally from the Metropolitan Detroit area having recently moved to las Vegas.
I started. as a fine art painter but soon became interested in printmaking. Enjoying the process of the print, I began layering the color and chemically amending the components of the inks, deeply fascinated with the way ink reacted with·pigments, varnishes, and various mediums.
In 1998, I suffered a closed head injury which affected my vision and the way I process information.
While in the hospital, the doctor placed a gauze sheet over my eyes to help stop the bleeding while he stitched the wound above my eye. I remember very little of that night, but I do remember how the blood and plasma were separating and drying on the gauze. I was fascinated by how the color transitioned from a transparent Indian yellow to orange to red to deep maroon and then to darkness. Sleep has changed: no longer do my dreams have fluid movement or sounds. The dreams are like a silent slide show. Images merge by overlaying into other images constantly changing like a kaleidoscope. Shape and intense color. After that incident, I stepped away from showing my artwork for nearly a decade, leaving the Detroit art scene to slowly heal from the injuries I sustained. My brain changed and over time I became aware of how it processes input and stimuli differently.
I've been fascinated by applying and observing both reactionary and stable colors, pigments amended with various medium, layered, and mixed on a variety of surface materials. My interest in reactionary verses stable colors along with the Traumatic Brain Injury have changed my perception of color and the palette in which I paint. The hospital room incident aroused my curiosity and led to finding a way to allow chemical reactions to being captured and suspended when various mediums are applied. This process transitions identifiable objects and movement into geometric form, pattern, and color. The final image is not just a cognitive reference to an object, urban vista, or linear form of brutalism, but rather a parallel quest to understand the constant changes in my cognitive processes and the emotional response to stimuli, thought, and color.