Hope. Struggle. Grace. Fragility. Complexity. These are some of the words that I try to portray when depicting my urban landscapes. Appreciating cityscapes requires embracing all aspects of them, from the refined to the gritty. In a larger sense, I view these cityscapes as a metaphor for passing through life.
I use architectural elements, often in the form of freeway columns, telephone poles, and construction scaffolding, to provide structure. Barbed wire, traffic signals, and hazard signs depict ideas of strife and despair, while exaggerated perspectives create psychological tension. In contrast to the darker elements, the use of backlighting represents hope and dreams.
During the process of drawing or painting, I continually rework and adjust the line work and stroke marks. The remaining surfaces retain fragments of this scrubbing out and building up, which not only leaves a visual history of my approach, but also creates content for the work.
The places I represent are often lost, forgotten, or overlooked, yet have a strong sense of form and history in their own right. All of my works are devoid of human figures, yet many contain house or roof shapes that symbolize life within the landscape.
Humanity engages in a constant balancing act of creation and destruction. It is the reciprocity between these opposing forces that is the focus of my work. My newest work continues to be a representation of these universal concepts while addressing more socially and historically specific issues of place, displacement, and the meaning of home.