As a child, I had a pet turkey. His name was Herman. With pets like this as well as numerous others, my life has been surrounded by various creatures which has given me a deep appreciation and understanding of non-human nature . In developing relationships with them, I have learned that they each possess unique personalities.
One of these creatures will enter my thoughts. Some pace, some stare, while others leave and return. Eventually I get to know their character. Their story. It’s then that I begin to paint.
Our lives are filled with rules and judging. As children, we are taught that if our socks don’t match, we are wrong. I chose to break the rules by creating my fictional creators and scenes, I hope to show that breaking the rules is not only enjoyable, it is very freeing. To paint flowers inside a bug or add sneakers on a duck and then to realize that nothing bad is going to happen is simply joyful. In my art, I hope to rekindle in others, the ability to enjoy their imaginations like when they were a child. To let go of the rules that we are able to and to be proud of the unique individuals that we are.