My early childhood, living with my family in the boondock swamps of Milton, Florida, had a formative impact on my creative approach and philosophy. The loss of my father spurred me to investigate the concepts of death and, from that, intrinsically, the value of life at a very early age. The isolation I felt living so far away from all my friends pushed me to find ways to entertain myself & find clarity through daydreaming in the woods, building forts, and then drawing inside of them, symbolically building my dwelling, an environment for creative expression where it was valued and not negatively viewed.
The first philosophy book I stumbled across and could grasp was Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson’s writing sparked the initial process of accepting and believing in the realness of my psyche beyond the need for approval or validation. The current theoretical concepts I explore in my work are most prominent in gestalt psychology, Marlowe-Ponty’s embodiment theory, and Jung’s transformation theory. I believe that artists create narratives that bring about aesthetic and psychological change to help humanity evolve perceptually.
Art holds a unique power in fostering communal dialogue and bridging gaps between diverse perspectives and experiences. It involves active creation, curation, and contemplation. When it comes to creating or experiencing others’ creations, I view art as an essential tool for personal growth, community building, and spiritual exploration. Through art, I seek to understand the human condition, to express the inexpressible, and to connect with the core of what it means to be alive.
This belief underscores the transformative power of art in my life. It’s more than just an object of admiration; it’s a living process that continually reshapes my understanding of myself and the world around me. My art is a testament to this belief: a reflection of a journey that intertwines personal growth with a deeper understanding of our shared human experience.