Unseen Light Collection
January - February 2022
This entire collection was made during a month long painting trip to South Florida with my partner, Joe Taveras. Driven by a desire to push my vision into new stylistic realms, I allowed myself to be rejuvenated by nature, warmth, and new visual input. I leaned in to creating outside the comfort zone of my studio, and wound up with a collection inspired by all the unseen light of the world. This collection was showcased in a one-night pop up show in the heart of Delray Beach's arts district, at which 5 pieces sold to private collections.
"So much of the world can neither be sensed nor perceived. We are bound by the limits of our sensory capabilities - our eyes can only see the visible light spectrum and our ears can only hear select frequencies. Despite these limitations, all of those unseen phenomena remain present. With ‘Unseen Light’, we aimed to hint at the invisible with a variety of artworks that feature light illusions, fluorescent color, and iridescence. Our hope is that this body of work awakens your sense of wonder for what lies beyond our perception."
All the inspiration for this entire body of work came from self reflection and journaling on my experience of 2021. It was a big, beautiful, colorful blur of massive change, tremendous growth, and self actualization. Most significantly, it was the year I left my full time job to pursue my art career full time. In a way, these paintings are like mirrors, reflecting these defining moments of my year and my life as they exist in me. In my memory. The blurry texture juxtaposed to the few crisp lines touches at the way even our best memories are a bit hazy, with specific details that remain crystal clear. I hope this work invites others to reflect on their own defining moments and stay inspired to create more as we head into 2022.
September 2021 - December 2021
This collection was made specifically for my first solo show in New Canaan CT at New Canaan Gallery and Frame, which was on diplay from November 5th - December 1st 2021. It combines influences from antichromaphobia and the shine series with a focus on the power of joyful color.
"To me, color is like an essential food group. A pillar of holistic health. My work is my argument for its revitalization. Consume it daily, and it will give you the correct energy you need for the day. In our world, color is proof of life, energy, and vibrancy. It’s truly the simplest thing we have with which to create joy. However, through the eye of the needle there is truly a universe. Welcome to my universe."
The Joy Wall
April 2021 - October 2021
This wall is a collection of mini, free-hand painted color studies I started making back in April. I wanted a new way to study exciting, joyful, high contrast, fully saturated color combinations in an immediately gratifying way, without the rate limiting factors of tape and drying times between layers. What resulted was a massive wall of joy. I don’t know if I’m done with the Joy Wall, but these originals represent a shift in my practice that focuses on joy that I wanted to share with you. Every piece is numbered in chronological order, which made it possible for me to realize that I inadvertently returned to similar color palettes over the months I painted them, resulting in several extremely satisfying triptychs, that I decided to install in rows. The fourth mini in each row is a piece that I feel also fits well with the preceding triptych, but is also fully satisfying on their own. I invite you to have some fun finding your favorite colors within it, and letting the abundance of color boost your mood.
The Shine Series
July 2021 - September 2021
"Keep your face always towards the sunshine, and shadows will fall behind you" - Walt Whitman
This series is about honoring the simple things in life that contribute more greatly to our happiness than we may realize, often that we take for granted. Sunshine, a new bloom, the glow of the moon - they are sacred and deserve our attention and mindful focus when they present themselves in order to fuel our mental well being. That is why each piece in this series is highly minimalistic and adorned with a single strip of either silver or gold leaf.
April 2021 - May 2021
This body of work celebrates the power of color as a source of energy, and as a gateway to true bursts of joy in everyday life. These pieces are offerings created in service of combatting "chromaphobia" - a term coined by David Batchelor that refers to a tendancy for Western society to avoid bright, vivid color for fear of being seen as childish, unsophisticated, or grotesque. In response, my Antichromaphobia pieces fearlessly juxtapose invigorating color with my signature calming lines in order to give people the best of both worlds: happy, life-giving, stimulating color, with relaxing, sophisticated composition. This series is my response to the beginning of the end of the pandemic, the global mental health crisis it has induced, and the realization that we all need more sources of guaranteed joy on a daily basis.
This series is comprised of some large works, but mostly of small, 6"x6" pieces that work together to form "The Joy Wall". The Joy Wall is still growing to this day.