From Panama to San Francisco, painting has been a way to document my personal journey and evolution. Fragments of my own story took form in visuals and by sharing this, it then became a way to connect with others and transform this exploration. For a long while during my time in Panama, I felt trapped on this imaginary bridge connecting past, present and future, unsure about how to proceed and how to reach the spiritual enlightenment I needed to accept my true identity. I knew I needed Rather than repress this felt confine, I worked to create a safety of my own through painting.
Much of my work channels my inspiration not only by my travels, but by the significant role the women in my life as well as natural elements have had in my upbringing. My appreciation of nature is representative of personal growth and a therapeutic environment that has come about organically from such shifts. In San Francisco, the roots of Twisted Coastal Tea Trees, which seem to infinitely grow, inspire my sense of change and evolution. The female subjects of my paintings comment on a celebration of home that stems from self-identity, history, geography and finding light in the darkness.
Through various series, I recognize the importance of development that, alongside each other, come together to form my story. Ripping Layers (2018) employs a technique that is at once creative and physical, but also quite metaphorical. As a way of representing my own layers of emotions and change, my technique is founded on layering sheets of paper and tearing them to reveal what’s underneath in an evolution of each drawing. When I created the work Leave Fears Behind and Fly, for example, I was in the midst of leaving a multinational architectural company that I spent years working for. Caught By Her Own Demon explores uncertainty, imprisonment and liberation I felt while paying a short visit to Panama. Creating this piece was a way for me to deal with a discomfort of reality itself. I made Rebirth thinking about the path that connects darkness to light. I believe we can experience rebirth several times, throughout the same lifetime, although it depends on our ability to reinvent ourselves, assimilate the positive aspects of change and make them our own.