It all begins with an empty canvas, where together, the spectator and I will build a story … the only story we know; ours. I will play with the perceptions people believe to be real. I will build a space where before there was void.
Fantasy is inherent in art because nothing is real or absolute. My paintings begin with an intellectual reflection mixed with my experiences. Female figure is my first choice not only for aesthetic reasons but because they possess a past full of memories and a future full of hopes and fears. They represent the strength and weakness a human being is capable of experiencing.
My paintings attempt to say what words cannot, often by means of symbols: winged figures to represent freedom or the quest for it, nudes to denote the shedding of cultural or moral restrictions, apples for passion or wisdom, etc. When a structure appears in my paintings I try to recollect the feelings, ambiance, light, smell and the memories evoked there. I aim to express the invisible with the aid of the visible. Those who cannot “see” will see only what is literal.
Largely self-taught … a professional artist for 30 years … the opportunity of having lived close to several of the world’s greatest museums has been the most comprehensive of schools, a close sight to different perspectives and an enriching insight into other cultures.