I am a traditionally taught Fine Artist from Youngstown, Ohio. I've attended Columbus College of Art and Design with a focus on Illustration and graduated from YSU with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design. I'm heavily influenced by Graphic Design, screen printing/print making, automotive surface refinishing, and Rumba dancing. I believe that the technique is just as important as the substrate used and the content shown. I am constantly polishing ways to manifest what beauty I have in my mind out into this world.
I encase acrylic and vinyl paint in multiple layers of clear epoxy resin. Every piece is almost entirely absent of air bubbles. I've cut, polished, and treated the surface for a perfect finish. My resin paintings will not yellow over time when exposed to sun light like other resin paintings do. Innovative resources and special attention have been focused on each layer insuring the chemicals mix and cure for a flawless surface. The process is involved, the techniques are disciplined and a secret, but the outcome is indisputable.
The way I use resin, acrylic, and vinyl paint guides the viewers' eye through the brush strokes and process from beginning to completion. I want the viewers to be drawn in and become captivated with more and more detail the closer they get to the piece.
"The technique must be as attractive as subject matter, and the subject matter as attractive as the medium."
I want this art statement to be more of an exercise where I ask you a few questions rather than just beat you over the head with brain-heavy philosophies. I really want you to see what I want to show you. I want you to get it.
Let's start by thinking of your personal past experiences with attraction. It can be your significant other or even a not so significant other, it can even be a celebrity crush. What was going on in that moment? Was it something the person was doing that caught your eye or was it the way they looked back at you meeting your gaze? Was it a song sung by a performer on TV or was it a kind act you witnessed that came and went unnoticed to them? Was it love at first sight or was it simply lust that attracted you? Now think of the times it has both happened at the same time; love and lust both pulling you in closer. Remember what you saw in your prom date for the first time all those years ago or how you looked down the aisle at your spouse? I want you to feel the same way I felt while I created these pieces. Similar to the way a child sees a giant lollipop for the first time or what a car enthusiast sees in their favorite restored classic. Attraction is such a strong invisible thing that can physically move two strangers together in unscripted conversations. Unfortunately no matter the outcome, that attracting moment doesn't last. It's merely a flash of the highest inspiration. I want to catch it like a perfectly timed photograph so you can frame it on your wall.