Monday, March 23, 2009

I have always been interested in art, more as an escape than anything else, and for a time in my life I almost lost that. Upon moving to Kansas and being able to finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, I rekindled that smoldering flame. The difference this time was that it was not an escape anymore, it had become a desire to see thing anew and to share what I saw with everyone who would take the time to look.

When I get behind the lens and start taking pictures, I feel as if I am stepping outside of myself, viewing the world through a fresh set of eyes. This is in part why I have chosen to take this a step further by fragmenting the images I see and creating new harmonies of shape and perspective or to create new levels of tension where there may not have been any before. This exploration into what is called Vortography has been both exciting and enlightening, especially as I find different facets to explore almost every day. Being able to explore digital imaging, through techniques both traditional and unorthodox, is a direction I wish to pursue as far as I can possibly manage. The idea of letting others see how I perceive the world, and hopefully evoking something emotional in return, is something I see as one of the greatest achievements a single person can make in this world.

When I draw the idea is the same, to explore shapes and designs in ways that haven’t before been played with. The merging of photographic imagery with drawings, usually through digital means, allows me to combine the two aspects of my art that are the most meaningful to me and create new ideas for people to absorb and reflect upon, especially as I endeavor to incorporate the Vortographic elements. Over the years I have drawn my influences not only for my artwork in some cases, but for my reasons to continue pursuing art from fine artists like Kandinsky and Mondrian to modern artists like Alvin Coburn, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Jim Lee, H.R. Giger and Luis Royo.