For me, art is an attempt to communicate. Georgia O’Keefe, the iconic Southwest artist, once said “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way - things I had no words for”. Each painting I do is an attempt to share a feeling or communicate a story using color and form instead of words.
When I was a kid, my family spent many summers vacationing in New Mexico. On one of these trips, we spent a day wandering through the shops and galleries of Santa Fe. I was immediately drawn to the bold, vibrant colors of the local artwork. That was my first exposure to art and led to my original perception of what “fine art” should be.
Later, as I began creating art, I searched for my own artistic direction. I became interested in early 20th Century Expressionist or Fauvist art. After studying this style I realized that many of my favorite Southwest artists were also inspired by Expressionism. So, I have come full circle. My art now reflects early Expressionism combined with the American Southwest style that originally inspired me.