As I use vivid colors, patterns, textiles, and acrylic paint, I am reminded that I am decorating a two-dimensional space and so I maintain that aspect of the surface and keep the paint very flat and clean. My goal is to visually change objects and forms deemed ugly or untouchable by society to suit its standard of what beauty is, making a statement about the manner in which we decorate ourselves, covering up what is already there. The sculptural monsters convey this particular idea more strongly than my paintings. Possessing sharp clay teeth and pointed wire claws, they are decorated in such a way that they appear lovely and festive, not at all our typical inference of what monsters should be.
My paintings are more like two-dimensional representations of these sculptures, though more often the monster imagery is not included and a stronger focus on patterns and decorating is evident. It often requires several layers of paint to achieve the flatness and clean edges I enjoy and a natural de-stressing occurs with all the focus I put into handling the paint in this manner.
When a piece is going well, I am filled with a sense of relaxation and a comfortable ease with a complete lack of tension. I see these paintings as therapeutic in that I find myself becoming detached from all the stresses I feel every day and I can disappear into a place that is fun, bright, and joyous. My sculptural and painting work share similarities in that they both focus on aspects of strong ornamentation and the exploration of what beauty is and what makes something attractive to the eye.