I paint because I can't help it. The concepts driving my work are sociopolitical and cultural issues that I become interested in through travel, an integral part of my creative process. Due to my fascination with different cultures and their folklore, the subject matter of my paintings is people.
Most of the paintings start intuitively, without plans or sketches. Being interested in the juxtaposition of incongruent ideas, I tend to approach each panel with these critical conceptual facts. Formal decisions, regarding figure and ground, are based on the appeal to limiting my paintings to one subject and how that connects with traditions of portraiture and iconography.
The two bodies of work I am currently developing were sparked by cultural issues I became intrigued by when traveling in the Middle East this past winter. The focus of this work is to question the cultural divides and social stigmas prevalent in the world today. I am attempting to create visually compelling images that challenge preconceived notions about the Middle East and its people in unconventional ways.