- Artist Statements -
From coral reef formations and fluid lava tide pools, to the volcanoes that created them; I loved spending time in Hawaii where I grew up. My work parallels the aerial views of earth merged with the cosmos and beyond. Themes of the cosmos, land, and water merge throughout my artwork to form distinct elements of creation and destruction. Investigations revealed that these dualistic elements can be seen as singular in nature.
First, I paint. Second, I use macrophotography. Lastly, I use those photographs to make digital art. This self sampling process is a visual metaphor for the overall connection. I am inspired by cosmic nature in all its vibrant drama and intense complexity. Vivid colors, melted textures, and permutated patterns erupt into a condensed glimpse of the multiverse.
These are galactarian stories simultaneously suggesting an interconnected view of Earth from the Cosmos and vice versa. It signifies the moment when the inner and the outer worlds - self and other - become a single entity. From this union, we recognize that every organism on the planet has an interpersonal cause-and-effect relationship.
Currently, humanity approaches a timely stop sign: turn left - it’s catastrophe; turn right, and it is a miracle.
I believe the redemptive mission of my art is to help humanity improve our increasingly disconnected relationship with the natural world by evoking wonder and curiosity. I invite you to look deeper into the art, co-create beautiful moments, and incorporate imaginative meditation into your own lives. Become inspired by the nature within us and realize our universal interconnectedness.
- Intermedia Process -
First, I densely layer mixed media paintings. Then, capture macro photos of intricate details in the paintings that are my “MacroScapes”. Finally, I mirror and kaleidoscope those photos into digital art pieces of geometric patterns and fractals, resulting in my “Modern Mandalas”. In keeping with music composition, the original paintings resemble visual scores. The macro photos are movements, and the Mandalas are measures. This three-step intermedia process grants me as much control as a composer, conductor, and musician would have, and explores transmutation of media and permutation of theme and variation.
Each one of us creates their own reality and universe. These paintings are my highly detailed mini universes and are the foundation of my process. These are also experiments in chemistry, using arbitrary choice methods and by adding various additives to limit my control. The paint will always find the path of least resistance. As I create intricate and dynamic paintings by using a combination of mixed media such as iridescent, metallic, crushed glass, and UV-reactive paints that play with light, I want to end up with a picture I haven’t planned. Depending on the viewing angles and light conditions, the paintings change appearance and texture.
I find working with tiny details fascinating, so viewing the art at five feet away versus five inches away is very different. I wanted to capture this closer viewing experience, and I found a way. Through HDR macro photography and digital scanning, I enlarge the minute details found in my paintings. This sampling of my own paintings takes viewers on a symphonic movement which explores texture, rhythm, and a serenade of color. It further explores the transformation from the physical to the light (e.g. also music). Symbolically, these photos express a merging of both terrestrial and celestial where boundaries become blurry and ambiguous, realizing their cosmic interconnectedness. An expression calling attention to the details rather than the whole, I find beauty in the ambiguous nature of the interpretive abstract form and thus becomes a co-creator.
- Digital Art -
“Modern Mandalas” are my psychedelic art project attempting to re-create the psychedelic experience through pareidolia, which is a fun psychological phenomenon where people interpret familiar patterns as faces, objects, or animals where none exists. This is an exercise in conscious creativity and how everyone sees/co-creates their reality differently: what do you see? These visually dense images merge my personal interests of music, art, science, and the spiritual. It provides viewers a sample of the eternal multiverse of repeating patterns and collapsing spirit into an image.
These are photos of my paintings that are then mirrored and kaleidoscope’d. It is more than an image seen with our eyes; it is an actual moment in time that express both the microcosm and macrocosm, the forces of good and evil all simultaneously into harmonious unity. We live in a world where everything is connected. We can no longer think in terms of them and us when it comes to the consequences of the way we live. Today, is all about we.
Each a new adventure of a different dimension, these Mandalas capture a frozen moment that is a measure of the finite and a road to the infinite. This is what happens when you condense the imagination into to a circle.