For me, painting is equivalent to life itself. Imagine a long road trip to an ever so alluring vacation spot. If we could make the process of making a painting analogous to the long commute and the finished work to the vacation itself, my motivation is to live life on the commute. It is in this road trip that I can truly appreciate my admiration for life while worshiping the journey moment by moment. Presenting what I see in my subjects in a literal way does not fall within my personality as an artist. I like for the paintings to convey an experience of freshness. Every brush stroke, color, and texture placed on the canvas is a consequence of decisions made in that very moment. No mark is final and may be created and destroyed many times. I continuously add and subtract elements until a voice inside me commands me to stop for I have reached the destination of our trip — a trip in which each moment is accompanied by a lack of care for the passage of time, suffering, happiness, hope, hopelessness, fear, courage, and, overall, the feeling of being alive.
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