My recent body of work consists of psychological ideas represented within each piece, using mixed media. To begin a piece, I come up with an idea or emotion that I want to convey. I like to take photographs of simple objects or places and use these as a base to depict this feeling. By mimicking the complex nature of the mind I create layers within the piece. Colored inks are used to alter the photographs, and these colors are specific because they have different psychological properties, both positive and negative. Although most people would associate most colors with their positive connotations, myself included, I decided to focus on the negative, further adding to the feelings I wanted to evoke. Finally, I use line to paint images of myself over top, keeping it simple so that all of the layers work well together. The figure is an important part of my pieces because they easily express emotion, further communicating the ideas within each piece.
Because these works are more conceptual, I focus more on the idea behind my pieces rather than the technical aspects of the painting itself. The fact that they are a bit messy and imperfect reflects a lot of the feelings shown. Although I wanted to convey the ideas that come to mind based upon my photos, there is no guarantee that any one person will see the same thing. Perception varies from one person to the next, and it is obvious that everyone’s ideas will vary based upon their unique and individual thoughts and experiences. My goal however, is for the viewers to experience the emotions I aim to portray with my images, color choice, and finally my figures. Reality is unique to everyone, and cognition is an interesting and complex process, one of which interests me. Each of us has a variety of thoughts at any given moment, and it is these thoughts and feelings that I try to represent within my work. After all, "it's all in your head."