B.F.A. Graphic Design
My personal style of artwork as a graphic designer mostly incorporates unique and expressive self-portrait photography. I enjoy manipulating photographs and making designs with celestial flairs. However, at the core of all my work is a definite focus on the comprehension and discernment of beauty.
Sigmund Freud legitimized the importance of personal emotions and desires within our dreams. This concept intrigues me and is perhaps why I have found myself gravitating more towards surrealism in my artwork in the last few years. I am passionate about crafting and manipulating photographs that tend to have dark and supernatural undertones. In general, I think that there is an allure to darkness and that it can be very engaging, even seductive. In artwork, I find it especially captivating because there is usually so much more than what meets the eye. I appreciate when darkness within the form of art harnesses the presence of a more raw, profound and deep motif.
I use self-portrait photography because as humans, nothing can be more accessible than our own bodies, but also as a way to include concepts of identity and self-awareness in my artwork. I consciously utilize lighting, text, color and texture to establish my desired results. The use of concealment and masked parts of a figure’s face are very common in my work in order to achieve the mystery and enticement I’m striving for. I also like to work with themes of nature. In America’s culture today there is an obsession with youth and beauty. While society looks to pop culture for these things, I prefer to look to nature for true, authentic and organic beauty. Nature encompasses a simple, flawless, and classic kind of artistry that I like to emulate in my work. In order to create the majority of my pieces, I upload photographs and a variety of original work into Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I especially love using these specific programs because they enable me to express my creativity, learn new skills and perfect my technique as a designer.
Although I may have a particular style and esthetic with my artwork, I’m also very adaptable and strive to always create products that will meet the clients' needs. I’m always eager to research companies, products, and designs before embarking on a new project. I believe that it is important to be knowledgeable of the competition and growing art world, especially when starting out in this field. After observing my body of work I hope viewers will firstly, recognize my abilities to create various forms of art and design. And secondly, come to appreciate and understand subtle surrealism in a new and contemporary way. My desire is that my artwork may inspire people to be more open and aware of the many interpretations of darkness, nature and decide for themselves what beauty really is.