The initial impetus for each of my paintings is a dress from a particular designer in a particular historical time. As I was growing up I caught glimpses of high fashion in magazines, but clothes for personal expression were inaccessible to me.
By abstracting these gowns and creating paintings that embody the gowns energetically -- I take them in. I become them. I cross all the barriers that made the dresses once unattainable. With this process, I can own any gown or become anyone, in any time. The process creates a soul alchemy - the filtering through the midnight blue lens of my identity mingles the elements internally. Then, on the canvas, this new, more primal image emerges.
I am a former student of Fine Art, Dance and Choreography. As a reflection of these combined studies, my process is both performative and reflective; I move back and forth between mark-making and editing in order to reach a final composition. Many layers are applied over a highly textured surface. The chosen marks remain and edited marks are folded hidden into the layers.