I started drawing and painting when I was very young because it came natural to me and I enjoyed it. Also I liked challenges so after years of exploring and studying different mediums, I fell in love with the unpredictability of watercolor and it became my medium of choice. However, I refused to paint it in the traditional way. I tried new surfaces and ways to apply the paint. I want to rediscover watercolor and show the viewer what it can do.
When I started to work in Yupo paper (synthetic), my style started to develop. The more I freely painted, the more I discovered who I was as a painter. It became clear that I had a passion for lines, geometric shapes, and organic textures. My geometric lines denote structure. Soft organic textures and muted color serve as a balance to the lines, therefore stories emerge inviting the viewer for a closer look.
As a subject, I have always loved the human figure, every curve or every wrinkle is part of the person’s story. I try to imagine their lives. I use those imaginary stories to get ideas for my paintings. In my current work, I use the human figure as part of my primary subject matter, but I don’t want it to be very obvious, I want the viewer to understand the story on their own terms, so I add geometric elements, especially rectangles, to represent windows peeking through the human figure’s story. The audience can see through the window looking in or from the inside looking out. Each piece communicates an emotionless personal narrative that I hope to intrigue the viewer.
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