Innate Inspirations
 Hello and thanks for coming to look at my work. From an early age, I’ve regarded myself primarily as an artist and have felt akin to the personification imbued on those identified as artists. Seeing that I’d been able to replicate something I saw or, render on paper something from my sleepless imagination is always something of personal pride and delight for me. Clearly the work presented here shows I have a preference for realism, not necessarily always a realism of this world, but at least an attempt at a conceivable alternate reality otherwise known as surrealism or fantasy. The style of most of my earlier work was an attempt at as close of a likeness as possible of the subject. This was useful in gaining practice at portraiture and is a fundamental skill which any artist should hone. However, I found that I needed to go beyond simply acting as a “biological camera” in all of my work and more often try to induce the surrealistic element into a piece. Nonetheless, finding that they sell, I most often create more traditional landscapes and portraits and do enjoy each one. The surreal pieces though are more meticulously planned and more reflective of my personal thoughts.

At a young age, I would spend Saturday afternoons baffled, as I watched a jovial old man with an afro the size that no white man should naturally be possible to attain paint amazing landscapes in a half- hour time. After a few years I decided that if Bob Ross could do this in such a short time I could surely accomplish the same feat in a few days. So before long it wasn’t any trouble at all to create my own landscape of happy trees and whispy clouds. Later in high school, I discovered the work of Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher and Alex Grey. The originality and precision of these two amazing artists is something that I’ll always attempt to live up to. They were far ahead of their time in the concepts and methods portrayed in their respective styles. Much of the fantasy work done by husband and wife, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell has been a further influence on me.

It is their peculiar fears, anger, sorrows, elations, hopes, and desires which any artist will impose upon their audience. What artists unearth in any piece comes from the depths at some level of the collective unconscious of humankind. After all, entwined in our minds is no less than the culmination of all the cellular organisms the earth has hitherto produced. Not only can we draw from the endless archetypes, myths, moral codes, trials, and ambitions from the past 200,000 years of the human experience, but from the entire chronicle of the biological existence. Since we are so accustomed to thinking of the world in our exclusively “human” framework we have not begun to scrape the surface of this vast repository of creative expression. This transformation will become distinct as we slowly, but assuredly go beyond our petty religious and political ideologies and finally begin to experience what life is without walls.

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