2014:

Artist Statement: Much like when I began my Ancient God & Contemporary Circumstances(2013) and Seven Social Sins(2010) bodies of work, this series hit me like a compulsion.  I just kept painting.  However, the similarities end there. Unlike those mixed media works that have an external focus on relevant contemporary social issues, this series as created intuitively with an internal focus.  This body of work is also my first working solely within a limited painted medium (acrylic paint and alcohol inks).  In a vein similar to my other 2014 series, Better Left Unsaid, these layered works were the result of focusing on the genuine process of making art, not the end result. I used music as my initial inspiration for each piece.  Choosing an artist, and letting my mind wander through their lyrics as my hands were essentially left to their own devices.  As I have previously mentioned, music is often influential on my artistic process and state of mind.

The finished imagery often has unintentional elements of surrealism.  This is the result of abstract layering of paint, listening to music, and using colors, textures, and brushstrokes that simply felt right.  As the pieces developed, I began to intuitively fill in the imagery.  This whole process felt rather unreal.  Painting without a real objective or identifiable concept of success–an ideal for the finished piece is daunting, yet utterly freeing.  When I completed many of my first works, I was struck with sense of awe.  It felt bizarre that these works had come out of me, with minimal conscious effort.

About the consequences, 18in x 18in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

About the consequences, 18in x 18in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Would you let me know?, 36in x 24in acrylic paint on canvas, 2014

Would you let me know?, 36in x 24in acrylic paint on canvas, 2014

To Be Breakable, 36in x 36in acrylic on canvas, 2014

To Be Breakable, 30in x 30in acrylic on canvas, 2014

Too old to be so shy, 32in x 24in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Too old to be so shy, 30in x 24in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

If you close your eyes, acrylic on canvas, 2014

If you close your eyes, acrylic on canvas, 2014

My Quiet Rage, 36 in x 36in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

My Quiet Rage, 30in x 30in, 2014

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Any scraps you can give, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Get Through The Days, 20 in x 36 in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Get Through The Days, 20 in x 36 in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Some days I don't trust myself, 36in x 18in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Some days I don’t trust myself, 36in x 18in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Over and Over, 36 in x 36 in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Over and Over, 30 in x 30 in, 2014

Between Reasons to Live, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Between Reasons to Live, acrylic on canvas, 2014

My eyes were open... 24in x 36in acrylic on canvas, 2014

My eyes were open… 24in x 36in acrylic on canvas, 2014

Defend Yourself with Apathy, 24in x 34in, acrylic on canvas 2014

Defend Yourself with Apathy, 24in x 34in, acrylic on canvas 2014

title, size, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Layers of Hope and Doubt, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Don't think I'm pushing you away, size, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Don’t think I’m pushing you away, size, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Days winding like dreams, 24in x 24in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Days winding like dreams, 24in x 24in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

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Tears in the Sea, 18in x 24in, 2014

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It won’t get better…, 36in x 18in, 2014

I'll Know Not to Expect, 16in x 12in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

I’ll Know Not to Expect, 16in x 12in, acrylic on canvas, 2014

Always Insisting Everything is Fine, 24in x 24in, acrylic paint on canvas, 2014

Always Insisting Everything is Fine, 24in x 24in, acrylic paint on canvas, 2014

I thought you might..., acrylic on canvas, 2014

I thought you might…, acrylic on canvas, 2014