My art has always been largely inspired by sea life, particularly coral reefs. Much of the paint I use in my art contains luminescent colors. These paints change the colors and compositions within my paintings when viewed from different angles, much like a fish. This is intentional, I want the viewer to have the sense that the painting is alive, almost breathing.
During the last couple of years I've begun exploring the idea of creating three dimensional art installations. These would incorporate painting as well as sculpture, video and sound design. Pulling so much of my inspiration from the sea I thought it would be a great exercise to actually scuba dive among tropical coral to study the living organisms up close and in person. So I scheduled a 10 day excursion to the Caribbean in Nov 2010. I went on 8 dives and collected 17 gigs of HD video of under water life to be used as study and for future media content. This experience transformed my relationship with the creatures living there as well as with the ocean on a whole in ways I could never have imagined. I returned to the states with an eco passion, a passion to do what I could to help preserve and protect our rapidly deteriorating oceans by spreading awareness using my Art to educate and inspire.
In the two years nice I've returned from that study in the Caribbean I've been exploring various aquatic themes in all my work and I'm continually pondering unconventional ideas of how educate the public about oceanic concerns while simultaneously presenting them with a quality artistic experience in hopes of leaving them with a sense of wonder and curiosity.