I approach making art the same way I teach it; explore various styles and attempt to do it well. While navigating my way through college, I soon discovered that my style of painting was dramatically different than that of my drawing. Still, today, my figure studies are approached academically, paintings are freer, and drawings are comfortably detailed and dream-like. Like many artists, I struggled to narrow them down to find my one, true signature style. Eventually, I realized that all these reflect my true self. My variety is my style, connected by the thoughtfulness I pour into everything I do.
I believe that all art is a self-portrait of the artist, and mine is no exception. There is a quiet introspection to my work. It is more obvious in some pieces than others, but it is always there. As I continue to make art, I am excited and a little apprehensive to discover what the next self-portrait will show.
Quote: “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. -Philo
Influences: Edward Gorey, Renee Magritte, Chris Van Allsburg, George Tooker, Paul Cadmus, Aubrey Beardsley, Theodor Kittelsen