Artist Statement

I am white.

I am an American citizen.

I am a French citizen.

My mother was born and raised in Senegal, Africa.

My father was born in the Reunion Island and raised in Senegal, Africa.

My grandmother was raised in Vietnam.

My parents reared me in the Baha’i Faith, a young religion born out of Iran.

I grew up in Cupertino, California, with the wonderful smells of Indian food filling my best friend’s house as we played.

These are a sample of the seeds that have been planted in the child that became this artist.

My cultural confusion makes rich fodder for my practice and the variety of influences in my life always plays the role of peanut gallery as I work.

As I create, it is never far from my mind that I am made of so many wonderful and unexpected influences and that this is true of all other humans around me. We are all made of details that influence us greatly and the combination of these little nuggets makes us into complex creatures that cannot be replicated.

My work is made up of distinct layers, usually separated by many applications of an acrylic pourable medium or resin. As I build up the layers, the individual parts come together, each previous layer influencing the next. The resulting palimpsest embodies the beauty and complexity that goes into the creation of a person.

I approach every piece with a sense of play and discovery, making sure to maintain a constant dialogue with myself along with a healthy sense of detachment. Regardless of my initial intent, I have found that sticking to my guns without consideration for how the piece is developing results in static and overworked paintings. To my delight, this openness to adapt, almost without fail, leads to interesting and unexpected work.

The joy I find in the unexpected has taught me that I am more of an abstract artist than I thought. I consider each mark I place and its implication and react accordingly. So much of my work is abstract and nonrepresentational, using texture, line and color to guide the eye, yet as some pieces develop, a memory or a feeling may be triggered, leading to the creation of something commonly recognizable.