Artist Statement & Process

My paintings reflect an imaginary fantasy world where the reality of creations merges with dramatic and surrealist colour. I paint to bring more colour and joy to the world and to reflect the way in which various forms of life are interconnected. 

I often experiment with contrast and textures to make my paintings pop and I specialize in magical colour combinations. My colour choices combined with thick paint draws the viewer’s eye to the subject and makes the painting feel alive.

My preferred medium is acrylic paint because it allows for deep layering in the impasto technique. My love of palette knives stems from the feeling of freedom they provide because I know I can let go of control and allow the knives and paint to naturally create textured.

I never know how the paint will land on the surface and I don't blend the paint with traditional brushes – it is about intentional strokes then it just is what it is, and I find great joy and satisfaction in that. Simply moving thick paint around with a knife is also therapeutic and very gratifying for me. I love challenging myself to create new types of textures through trial and error.

I use a variety of materials and processes in my work and the outcome is not always calculated. I often allow my heart to naturally guide me through the painting. This is when I most often find myself creating fascinating new techniques such as mixing paint and mediums to create magic, layering paint over multiple sessions, manipulating paint to create intricate effects and finding interesting surfaces to paint on such as wood.