My subjects are often people. I want to use my canvas as a net and trap the ephemeral. I want to capture emotions, to capture pasts and presents, and to forge a connection between the viewer and the viewed.
- Mixed Media
- Pen & Ink
- Book carvings
When I was growing up, I struggled with a question. Does art matter in the grand scheme? It doesn’t feed stomachs; it doesn’t heal wounds. Many consider the arts impractical, even frivolous. And even as a child, I had wondered why something that meant so much to some could mean so little to others.
I actually adopted that belief for a while. I shied away from pursing an artistic career, thinking that I couldn’t be of practical use to others’ lives if I drew pictures for a living. I realized this, however: the arts—whether it be painting or film or literature—has a much greater impact on society than we sometimes recognize. It may not feed physical mouths, but what food is for the body, art is for the soul. I am creating, not only as a means of expression, but because it feeds me. My true aspirations lie in getting it to feed others.
My subjects are often people. I want to use my canvas as a net and trap the ephemeral. I want to capture emotions, to capture pasts and presents, and to forge a connection between the viewer and the viewed. I want to cultivate empathy.
That’s why I make art, and that’s what changed my mind.