Secret Planet (Newest Series)
These surreal landscapes are my most recent series of paintings. They have evolved from building on themes from my past work. I take what remains interesting and I create new landscapes - playful cityscapes that feature intricate architecture from historic locations. My vignettes resemble atmospheric, outdoor rooms somewhat reminiscent of coral reefs with vibrant ombre colors that fade from lighter to deeper shades. Often there are smaller worlds inside these cityscapes that draw the viewer in even closer and inspire wonder. I attempt to capture the feeling of an epiphany, or a how it feels to be on the verge of discovering something new and unexpected while entering a place we have never been before physically and mentally.
My paintings pack in a lot for the viewer to look at, while offering a warm welcome and enjoyable environment. I use dreamy, positive symbolism about rebirth, personal growth, protection and discovery. My vibrant vignettes evoke feelings of adventure and destination because they are surreal and surprising. Each piece has multiple symbols in them that if the viewer were to look up the symbolism they would find something meaningful.
With the use of a generous color palate - I mute the tones to add a calming yet playful experience that people of all ages and cultures would enjoy. The goal with my art is to make any viewer feel happy and curious while experiencing something new.
I grew looking at beautiful picture books. I am imaginative with symbols - much of my symbolism comes directly from my dreams. I will wake up from a vivid dream and look up what the symbols represent. I am interested in how our subconscious shows us metaphors about our life through symbolism.