My path as an artist has been influenced by different careers, professional interests and personal struggles. The purpose of my art is to express and document the various stages in my life applying my unique style–I am a tree artist. My art depicts the spiral of how we live and grow in a constant flux of revisiting, revising and renewing ourselves. Like trees, we build on these layers as cycles in our individual growth, making us taller, fuller and wiser.
My subjects are trees because they act as a skin for the voice which creates my story.
Trees can be ancient and wise. Some have witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations. They are functional and necessary for our survival because they provide us with oxygen, food and shelter. Trees are sublime, pure and beautiful, demanding nothing but a space to grow and be. They are stoic and magical, virtuous and inspiring. Trees are our life blood.
A strange simplicity is emphasized by my technical and precise method of pen and ink drawing. I use various methods such as stippling, cross-hatching and shading to employ classical pen and ink techniques. Black ink eliminates the distraction of colour, and the intensity between the ink and the white page allows me to explore what is going on beneath the surface of the tree and what is expanding within its skin. Black is classic, speechless, spacious, elegant and persuasive, allowing the piece to speak to each individual in a distinct and personal way.
With minimal use of materials, including a variety of surfaces such as cotton paper, watercolour paper, recycled paper, canvas or wood canvas, I produce provocative pieces that embody elements of my perspective, imagination and voice. My intention is to convey emotion, texture and depth in every tree I explore.