Painting represents the irrepressible spirit that persists despite an age of reliance on technology, oppressive ideologies, and hyper-consumption of our biosphere. Feelings of hopelessness and loss may yield their own beauty, by pushing through them and gaining consciousness of our ephemeral, delicate, and disposable existence. In this conscious state, I seek to learn from what is lost and to hear a voice I can only understand through silence.
The act of painting, particularly from observation, silences the filter of conditioned response in my mind, heightens my focus, and facilitates my individualized perception. Giving visible identity to these issues acts as a temporary relief from feelings of hopelessness by granting the viewer permission to re-imagine a possible future in which the value of our environment, community, and autonomy may be born from destruction.