My work's bright colors and movements are inspired by Boston's movement, energy, music, and nightlife. My work toggles between “pure” abstraction, where there's little to no recognizable imagery, but instead is a field of impasto marks and bright moments of color and figurative work.
It is my greatest joy to depict community members, friends, and my Artist For Humanity students with zoomorphic elements, drawing from multicultural masking traditions and costuming. I paint instinctively, trying to remove the burden of whatever insecurities or self-doubt comes with finishing and showing work.
I remember sitting on the beach as a child with my fingers in the sand. I wasn't doing anything to impress or shock, I was just there, and present in the moment. As I dance with my canvas, it feels like I am the brush, allowing my life and experiences to flow into the work I create.
The work of Hans Hoffmann was a direct inspiration in this body of work. Hoffmann's aggressive use of color and attitude towards making art is something I incorporate in my own paintings. Hoffmann was an artist who never felt the need to label different ways of painting. In a conversation between Tim Harney and Lydia Gordan, Harney spoke on Hoffman saying “ He could be working on a figurative work and the next day, purely abstract. They didn't make those distinctions, those distinctions are nonsense. They were making paintings.”