Artist Statement

Artist Statement

My first series of work based on healing began in 1988 after I suffered a serious automobile accident in which doctors told me “I might never paint again.” Although I was physically ambulatory, the accident left me with constant chronic and frightening pain. Through the support of my friends, a determined quest to try alternative medicine and the tool of visualization, I began to heal.

The visualization process was transferred to a suite of works I called “Serie de Renacimiento” and were executed from 1988-1992. Personal and universal symbols such as birds, bones, butterflies and other natural objects began to be juxtapositoned next to cave formations, temples, cathedrals and other metaphors used to evoke the spiritual. I am convinced the creative process was instrumental in my management of and recovery from chronic pain.

As my health continued to improve, my next body of work was titled “Chaitya Drawings” (1992-1993). The word chaitya is a Hindu word meaning “to worship.” I continued to develop a diptych format begun with my “Serie de Renacimiento” drawings. From the “Chaitya Drawings” I worked with a group of drawings based on “Natural History” (1993-to present). It is here I continued to place elements together that at first appear unrelated but challenged the viewer to investigate further and draw their own connections and conclusions. Objects that at first seem to have no relation, can in fact be quite similar.

My present suite of drawings and paintings, “Sacred Drawings”, (1994-to present) explore the relationship between the sacred and profane worlds. The “Natural History” and “Sacred Drawings” continue to explore my never ending interest in the interconnectedness of the universe and my firm belief there is an invisible and supportive framework that holds the physical plane of the universe together.