As an autobiographical mixed-media artist, the transience of layers - both physical and metaphorical - is my inspiration. Symbolically, these layers connect to my identity as an assemblage of characters, experiences, contexts, and attitudes. Pursuing pairs, multiples, and series has been a way for me to explore the subtleties, details, and mysteries an artist cannot share in one piece, just like the variety of contrasts and characteristics embodied within an identity.
My recent work represents my continued exploration through portraiture and abstract approaches. These inquiries include layering, connecting, and intertwining acrylic paint, spray paint, collage, watercolor, pastel, printmaking, photography, and digital manipulation. Compositionally, contrasting organic shapes, color relationships, and the nature of materials develop the expression and depth in the work. Small mark-making combines with sweeping areas of color to move the eyes across each composition, and the repetition of mark-making creates a flow of structure that represents my desire to take command of my cultural identity. Similarly, the bright hues of my history, travels, and identity guide my harmonious and blended color relationships.