I graduated with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Traditional Media from California State University East Bay in June 2013.
I work from photographs I have taken, and also found images from journals, and images. I use acrylic and oil paints, graphite, ink on canvas, varying papers, and mylar. I enjoy exploring many textures, colors, and varying approaches to rendering each piece.
Fragile Affections Statement
I have spent much of my life at a veterinary clinic. As a child I would follow my father, a DVM, around the clinic and learn about a broad variety of small and exotic animals. I have worked in the veterinary field for six years. I have repeatedly experienced how fragile the lives are of the animals that we love. Creatures will heal and heal again, but inevitably they don’t. Yet, we still open-heartedly take them in as family, knowing that someday we will have to watch them leave. It takes strength to have affection for such ephemeral things.
Mylar is a fairly durable polyester surface, however it remains vulnerable to rips and stains. The translucency of the surface frees the imagery from the geometric space; the image floats without an abrupt end. I chose Mylar because these unique qualities indicate the fragility of life, and juxtapose the detailed oil paint rendering of animal interiors visited during veterinary medical procedures.