Six years ago I picked up my first paint brush. I couldn’t articulate why I felt the urge to paint at the time, but in hindsight, I was searching for something. Due to a vacuum of personal identity, painting on the walls of my reasonably priced apartment became a meta exercise in self-education. That year of incremental progress would go on to inform my worldview and snowball into the ideas you’ll find on this website.
These days you’ll find me in The Heights, Ybor, and Downtown Tampa. My work reflects the wide-range of my interests and involvements. I’d like to do away with the convention that an artist needs to adhere to a strict style in order to build a reputable brand. The most compelling contemporaries find ways to communicate with viewers by any means necessary, and I set out to do the same. In order to find inventive ways to resonate, I experiment by merging approaches, mediums, and techniques. The magic moments happen when those breakthroughs inform the narratives of my work and leave room for visceral expression while creating.
My current influences are the Dansaekhwa movement and the principles of Functional Design. Both schools of thought emphasize material. Where they differ is motivation. I seek to take the materiality of each medium into account from the onset of every idea and mold that into tangible work that is both satisfying to produce and to view. The most challenging part is translating this approach into a language the audience speaks.
Perhaps the most effective, palpable way for an artist to communicate with their community is through mural. In my eyes, the features of Functional Design are more poignant here than in any other form. The scale and permanence of a mural grant the artist a forum to impact the lives of many. To do so haphazardly seems wasteful. In my upcoming mural projects, I aim to clearly invoke relevance, meaning, and purpose.