The science of psychology is a thinly disguised religious doctrine. Any true science of the mind would naturally replace the old and become the new religion. Mental illness may be a very real issue, but classifications laid out as mental disorders by psychological theorists are very much imagined. What is imagined to be real IS real. Such is the power of belief.

My life and art are dedicated to mental health awareness. Experience within the field of psychology led me to seek alternative methods focused upon disease rather than symptom. As trauma is at the root of mental health issues, the most infuriating kind:  abuse involves the spreading of trauma from one person to another. Mental illness is a disease in that it’s passed from person to person and generation to generation.  A psychic disease.  Trauma is a demon, a parasite capable of swallowing its host.  Figuring out how to fight and ultimately subjugate these demons is what my art is about.

Systems I have embraced include all kinds of schools of thought — from ancient cultures and mythology to ground breaking new religions of the past century. I was looking for experience that I could use to build my own world view while addressing the personal issues that had disenfranchised me from my own culture. Some of my works focus directly upon painful experience, a form of self-therapy based in emotionally exhausting reverie. Others are about projecting awareness using the power of faith.

My art imagines a different way of looking at the world. Using the 7 basic colors of the rainbow in a color-after-color technique, my style is characterized by an exaggeration of light, color, and distorted features. My ecto-morphized figures are very much inspired by primitive art like the Moai statues of Easter Island. Colors separate into a flow almost like you’d see in a kaleidoscope.

Except for my speed paintings, I generally use 1.5 inch deep gallery wrap canvases which do not need to be framed. I paint the sides, but only a rough once over, not in the same level of detail as the front. Paintings are wired for hanging and protected with Golden brand glossy archival quality (removable) varnish on top of an isolation coat of Golden’s glossy Soft Gel.