Art became a significant part of my life as a freshman in highschool, when I realized my hobbies and skills were boring and I wanted to teach my body a new skill, but my handwriting and drawing has always been shit, making it very difficult to express anything visually. Holding a pencil much less writing anything legible was very difficult. I became more determined to reach beyond this limitation and so I started drawing about 5 years ago when I felt the need to express myself. I found my passion in learning to draw and control my hands. After about a year of drawing for hours every day. Many times into the early morning, I finally found comfort with my hands, and tools to begin drawing with more purpose. Ironically this disability gave rise to an attraction to the more intricate and detailed of the art styles, mostly involving pen and ink.
I have always had a passion for mythology, storytelling, and poetry, both visual and literary art forms. Illustration is a very strong tool in bringing a story to life. This coupled with an appreciation for the aestheticism of shape, form, line, and detail, are what melded my illustration/painting style that is mostly self-taught focusing on artist techniques referred to below.
My imagery tends to be from the darker and more thought provoking emotion and stories that compose and even enrich the human condition. I then express the motif of the piece by decorating the immediate surroundings of the image, and try to allow the flow of the composition and vintage design treatments to lead the viewer through the piece to discover the obvious and more hidden details. While using the techniques of various art forms to express my idea with colors and lines, that along with detailed decorations and ornamentation can grab the viewer’s eye, and allow me to take it where I see fit.
By ornamenting ideas and characters that are rather grotesque in nature, I try to appeal to the viewer in a way that softens the primary focus of the piece, and allows the viewer to feel comfortable transitioning through the clusters of detail in the piece, and not become over focused or taken aback by the shocking image, and feel a sense of beauty instead.