Two distinct styles of art that engage me most are architecture and figurative work. My first passion developed while completing an architecture degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. I soon realized that I became more fascinated with fantasy and visionary design than with the practicality of architecture as a profession . The poetics of space intrigued me, and visionary architects like Piranesi and Violet Le Duc became an inspiration to my work. After my time in university, I began my visual journey into an imaginative use of perspective and architectural abstractions on canvas. My desire was to create visual trips for the mind, as I experimented with geometrical spacial configurations, adding lines and walls one layer at a time.
After completing my first series of fantasy architectural pieces, I developed an alternate style and moved into an entirely new direction, without any knowledge of the path that lay before me. This process began with a small sketch pad and black ink, swirling in circles until a face started to appear. I taught myself how to construct the human figure over time with the help of the masters and anatomy art books. I could sense right away that I wanted to let the figures emerge on their own, and that I would not use a model. First, I start with their eyes so that I could discover their essence, which then inspires me to proceed with the rest of their form. Different faces and costumes appear, reflective of various historical periods that I do not research or plan. Through the years, I have come to develop my own inner beliefs about some of the origins of this figurative work.
At first, these personae I create are always unfamiliar to me. Their character and personalities become so well defined, it seems to me as if they appear without my conscious effort. After spending so many hours getting to know them while I draw, their character and personalities become so well defined, and finally the essence of who they are becomes clear to me. I feel I know them intimately, but I don’t know where they originate. It occurs to me that I am rendering souls from a different plane of existence, and that there is some larger force at work. I come to routinely expect their visits, and am truly surprised by how unique they all are. These souls and guides seem to pass through me as a medium, in order to be seen. The figures I draw seem to come from different historical periods. Some souls tend to be human in nature, expressing their past lives and occupations. Others tend to have a spiritual nature, like benevolent teachers descending, in order to transmit messages of peace and healing. Some appear to have the need to be acknowledged, perhaps because their lives were not validated somehow in previous incarnations.Through the years, this process has created a strong bond and a feeling of compassion for those who emerge. I like to think of this work as a great joint expression of love and healing as I bring them into existence, while I experience their characters and temperaments intimately like family. It feels like I have a responsibility to them, as I continue to work side by side with those who choose to visit.