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Working with recycled and repurposed materials is my very favorite way to create. Not only is it eco friendly and sustainable but it keeps the process fresh. Often times a piece will be dictated by the materials I have available, color, texure and weight of the fabric will lend itself to the finished product. I am inspired by the materials themselves and the finished piece seems to create itself through me. Most of my materials are sourced from second hand or thrift shops and this allows me to combine my love of treasure hunting with my my love of creating. I Truly put all of my heart and soul into these pieces and my hope is the wearer will feel as happy to wear and own a piece as I did making it.

For me, painting is a release, and expression of the inner workings of my deepest self. It’s a way to portray confusion, fear, loneliness, humor and irony without words. It’s also…

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  • Born on December 24
  • Joined September 11, 2009

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Working with recycled and repurposed materials is my very favorite way to create. Not only is it eco friendly and sustainable but it keeps the process fresh. Often times a piece will be dictated by the materials I have available, color, texure and weight of the fabric will lend itself to the finished product. I am inspired by the materials themselves and the finished piece seems to create itself through me. Most of my materials are sourced from second hand or thrift shops and this allows me to combine my love of treasure hunting with my my love of creating. I Truly put all of my heart and soul into these pieces and my hope is the wearer will feel as happy to wear and own a piece as I did making it.

For me, painting is a release, and expression of the inner workings of my deepest self. It’s a way to portray confusion, fear, loneliness, humor and irony without words. It’s also a process of discovery.


I have always found myself creating human-like figures, often deformed, grotesque almost alien. Some might say this is my interpretation of humanity, or at least myself.



At first they were mostly faces, each with its own desperate expression. I used color, texture and shape to create a mood. I found that trying too hard to control the outcome is frustrating. It was more therapeutic to allow the character to unfold naturally.


Lately, I have been using this method more loosely and beginning to paint with only an idea of color scheme or composition, then watching and interpreting the shapes until a theme makes itself apparent to me -- a sort of Rorcshach test.


There are a few themes that reappear , such as a hideous creature loathing himself while he is being unknowingly admired or one watching through a microscope or a magnifying glass. What may be perceived as voyeurism is really introspection. Often, all the characters in a painting, much like in a dream, are meant to represent different sides of the same being.


Some people have found these characters disturbing or frightening. I find them beautiful in their exposed weak states. However, I have realized that if a viewer feels any emotion at all while seeing these paintings, I have succeeded.


Sometimes the best canvas isn’t a canvas at all. The usefulness of objects such as boxes, instrument cases, doors and t shirts can lend meaning to the art on them and add another dimension to the work.


My wish is that viewers will look and wonder, not only about the intended meaning of a painting, but also that they discover something from their own reactions, and question the inner workings of their own psyches.

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