My current work fuses realism and abstraction. I try to capture a striving for balance, self-knowledge and healing using the language of the chakra system. Simply stated, our bodies are divided into seven energetic wheels, or chakras, all of which contain the thoughts that shape our experiences. Each chakra is also illustrated by a color.
The vibrant colors of this system form a symbolic language that can be used to depict the inner world. That is a departure from the classical, realistic tradition that uses color and value in the service of light and shadow to create form. Rather than mapping out the composition beforehand, I use color – and not light – as my primary vehicle. I begin with one simple idea and then allow each day’s work to guide the next move intuitively.
I draw inspiration from messages found in Buddhism, Greek mythology and the world around me.