Through oil and acrylic paintings, I visualize mental experiences that are too terrifying, grand, or sublime to fathom so that we may get closer to understanding them. I portray my encounters with internalized oppression, self-hatred, and anxiety to give myself and my viewers a feeling of control over these monsters. I imagine how the reality-tearing omnipotence of the Abrahamic God would appear to us. I try to taste the unmatched, everlasting happiness of the great Buddhist masters. In mapping out these extremities of our psychology, I illustrate a sometimes daunting, other times awe-inspiring, psychic universe.
The process behind painting this non-representational realm is both methodical and improvisational. I come into each painting with a specific emotional experience in mind. Before paint touches the canvas, I consider what colors would best evoke that experience, and how the general flow of the brushstrokes can enhance the effect. Layers and glazes of intense colors portray emotional intensity and spatial depth to point to the vast array and diversity of psychological experiences; Expressionist brush strokes capture the ceaseless energy of the brain; and chromatic grids evoke the all-pervasive vastness of the mind. Paintings are typically made large to invoke overwhelming emotion.