My art focuses on my love of animals and the way that we choose to interact with them. Picking favorites, assigning human characteristics, and holding onto prejudices. I view societal perceptions as flexible, but resistant, and I am fascinated by the constant push/pull actions of alternative cultures. Even history sometimes needs to be rewritten.
I use my work to not only explore our relationships with other animals, but also the relationships within ourselves. The curious inner child, the damaged young adult, the hopeful present self. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” I believe that the relationships and ideas we hold with animals can also reveal much about our inner selves.
I am inspired by childhood nostalgia, Renaissance portraiture, Native American spirituality, vintage photography, and the complex personalities of the animals that we share this earth with. I wish to expand and explore our communion with those whose language we have yet to understand.