ARTIST STATEMENT I feel that what's really inside of us is hidden by our outer appearance. We create a boundary much like being inside of a glass box where everyone can see you, but not get past the walls surrounding to see what's inside. For many that has become a way of survival. Our disguises allow us to surrender only what we feel must be revealed. The communication becomes distorted into an imaginary life and the true feelings, thoughts, happiness and even pain is never really fully experienced. Passion, love and sex are also misinterpreted. Our own canvases remain unfinished because the truth is so hard to come by. I want my art to directly connect with the viewers first intake, impacting them to the highest level of intensity along with a pure sense of intimacy. The colors I use assault you with an almost eye-burning aggressiveness. Ranging from any color you can imagine, making it glow and then combining it with endless others consumes the work. Using both stretched and un-stretched canvas, the colors become much like a surge of electricity flowing over it, lighting up honesty, and leaving the viewer feeling vulnerable. There is so much to take in that it can become painful. The figures and text I use present strong emotion and usually express things we are automatically drawn to. The chaos of the painting again identifies that nothing is being hidden-although at first you may not see it all, the longer you look it all comes together. The truth to something is finally revealed without a mask protecting it.