“Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realized that the imagery in my mind wasn’t insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.” -John Lennon
My work is typically abstracted or surreal. I draw straight from my mind’s eye with little outside influence. I’m a very introverted person but I pride myself on my individualism and the uniqueness of my work. If I find out one of my ideas has already been created, I start again from scratch until I’m certain it’s as original as possible. I often work from “visual puns” that I come up with and I use a sort of comical approach to critique, comment on, or express my daily thoughts and experiences.
Most of my work happens spontaneously. A burst of creative expression can almost overwhelm me, and it can happen at any moment. In 30 minutes or less I usually have a thought-provoking image in front of me. I then analyze and rework this imagery into my larger projects. I’m constantly creating and generating ideas about myself and the world around me which can be good as well as bad. This is often evident within my work.
Additionally, I almost never strive for things to be absolutely perfect. I like to see my hand in the work. There are a million artists who can render a picture-perfect still life or landscape, and I can as well, I just choose not to. The physicality of mark making is essential to my process and my overall approach to expression. To throw that all away for perfection seems like insanity to me.