While in high school, I became enamored with Surrealism, and for many years, my artwork primarily took the form of surreal ink drawings. Due to the unpredictable nature of Surrealism, various themes would present themselves during the creative process. However, topics to which I repeatedly return are: memory, the inevitable inaccuracy of memory, the loss of memory, and how these things affect one's sense of personal identity. These ideas have been richly supported by my serendipitous employment as the Creative Arts Coordinator at a non-profit community for senior citizens, a position that I have held for the past five years.
My current body of work was inspired by a surreal drawing that portrayed my childhood fascination with rocks. Many of these paintings and sculptural pieces, at first, seem to merely be faithful representations of stones. However, they are sneakily conceptual, are built upon foundations laid by artists like Mark Rothko and Jackson Pollock, and challenge the viewer to consider realistically presented subject matter in the same manner as non-representational art.