I use my art to explore the connections I have with my father, the people I love, and the world. I believe in this age of computers, big cities and long work weeks, many people have lost touch with the world around them. My limited palette of four colors invoke feelings of nostalgia and reminiscence of forgotten times and places far in the past. I paint to capture moments of exquisite beauty. I seek to grab on to those moments that are so fleeting, to pieces of wonder and joy and awe. My memories and my heart are woven into each painting, as I craft those emotions into lasting pieces of art.
I choose to paint digitally because it allows me to overcome some physical issues with muscle spasms. I gave up art for many years until this painting program came out, as I could not control my arms long enough to complete pieces. The ability to step backward when I have arm tremors means I can easily undo any uncontrolled strokes, rather than taking hours to try to salvage a piece. It also allows me the freedom to experiment with tones and brushstrokes to create the perfect feel.
For me, art is something akin to breathing. It is so much a part of me, it is difficult to find words to describe it. I see something beautiful, and I feel driven to express it in the paint. I want to show others this feeling of awe and joy in the world.