I was born in May, under the sign of Gemini the twins. My birth date, the 22nd, only reinforces the idea of two individual yet similar entities. Duality is ingrained in my DNA, as my mother had a twin brother, my father a twin sister. Perhaps this explains why my artistic mind is split into two similar directions that have two different means of expression: Painting and Photography.
As a figurative painter, my work is narrative. Drawing is its foundation. Color plays an essential role. Animals are my muse. Since my earliest memories, animals came to me from some unconscious place, in my dreams and in my toddler’s crayon drawings. And once they came, they never left. In Native American cultures, it is said that Spirit Animals help, protect, educate, heal and inspire you along your life journey. They come into your life for a purpose. They choose you, you do not choose them.
My photography on the other hand, uses the same building blocks of composition, lights, darks and in between tones to create mood but it differs in that it is a more abstract approach with a very limited palette and subject matter is landscape. For the past seven years, I have been focusing on one particular place, exploring the effects of the elements: weather, and light to create zen-like meditations on the physical world. Viewers often comment that my photographs look like paintings.
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