“If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake.
When I first started on my artistic journey, I would use rulers and measuring tape trying to put my art down. Now, being able to manipulate the materials and the tools, I bring to life what is alive in my head. I am able to add dimensions and give each piece depth.
After going through life, especially coming out of New York, I feel as though I can do anything [artistically] with very little in terms of materials. It’s like looking at a blank slate with what’s in my mind and letting the lines flow. In 30% to 60% of the paintings I’ve done I don’t think about it, it just happens. My work happens so fast that with the wood and paint I am able to get depth, thereby giving the image a 3-d feel while on a flat surface.
Sitting in between the pieces above, it felt as though they were speaking to me. Each piece is unique; colors are different, etc. all with limited supplies. The materials I use is used to patch holes, basically utility board that I manipulate into art. I discovered these materials while establishing my art gallery in D.C. and I knew then that I could do something artistic with it. The wood absorbs the paint while giving me a solid foundation to build my visions upon. I can sketch on it, I can erase, I can paint and cut on it with little resistance.
This piece was inspired during a dark transition period of my life. When things could be considered gloomy or trouble, my soul mate and muse set off a spark inside of me. I felt as though the giant inside of me had finally been awakened. I have the feeling of freedom and floating in space while still being cradled in her love. The infinity of space and the comfort of true love is represented here. A man on fire being released into his destiny.
When ART imitates LIFE! This piece was inspired by a moment in time with a very special someone who makes me feel as if I am floating amongst the stars. This special someone has inspired me to do things that were lying dormant in my life while encouraging me along the way!
“Gravity” represents me in the zone with nothing but a moment in time as my reference. This other-worldly being represents strength, passion, sensuality, and a world where one totally loses themselves in the moment. Her hair is the sun with the planets floating in the galaxy.
This piece was the first in this passion-fueled purpose driven path of mine to get back to my artistic roots. Inspired by an image from a screensaver, my motivation to begin this piece was all in the name of love. Having been somewhat removed from this passion I was presented the most vibrant image by my love interest who expressed a desire for a replica for her home. As love would have it, I immediately began the creative process to bring this image to life. In no short of a few days, “Lady Sings the Blues” was born.
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