I am an artist living with bipolar disorder and living with this illness has required me to seek coping skills. Painting is invigorating, gives me an extra layer of purpose in my life, and allows me to experience the healing nature of art.
When I first began painting, I mostly created nonobjective abstract art, but after taking a still life painting class, my passion quickly shifted to bringing inanimate objects to life with color, brush strokes, and value. Still life painting allows me to take control of the entire creative process, everything from the objects and their positioning to the lighting and backgrounds. Bipolar disorder is an episodic and sometimes unpredictable illness, and my works are symbolic of the control I strive to have over it. I am fascinated with seeing everyday mundane objects in new ways.
Although I occasionally paint figures, landscapes, and abstracts, I am primarily an observational painter focusing on still life.