Narrative paintings that convey a personal story open to a universal interpretation is one goal of my work. Conflict and division of the self is a common theme, and it alludes to the time I spent in my teen and young adult years at odds with my transgender identity. In other narrative work, my theme and starting point are universal social themes such as social conformity and dignity. My past interest and pursuit of writing and studying literature informs my sensibility in seeing visual art as a narrative form of communication.
In terms of influences and precursors, my work is inspired by twentieth century modernism, Expressionism and Surrealism, and its more recent neo practitioners. Though these styles and approaches to painting, drawing, and print making may be regarded as dated and historical in the twenty-first century, they have not been fully explored and used as means of expression by artists with sensibilities and identities, such as transgender, until recently.
Finding a visual form for my ideas and feelings or to present a psychological conflict or situation turns out with varying degrees of effectiveness. As I work on a painting or drawing, it usually changes, acquiring a modified, even different story and meanings than I had originally envisioned. Allowing the open creative process to take its unpredictable direction can result in a more engaging, interesting art, though it can also result in failure and dead-ends. Usually, a sketch serves as the basis for my paintings, so setting aside time to let my imagination drift and work on sketches with pencil and color pencil in a cafe is fundamental to my practice.
Observational painting of people and objects, nudes and still lifes, is another area I devote time to working in, as well as experimenting with form and color in abstract geometric work. Though I do not regard this work as central to my practice, engaging in it can prove helpful in my narrative work.