I’ve been an artist since I was young. I’ve worked really hard to show the real things that I saw and admired. I painted portraits and figures throughout college because I love people, their facial features, personalities, and emotions captured. I often felt like my art life was separate from my personal life as an ocean lifeguard, teacher, surfer, and diver. I could never really find how to truly give my work a voice in a way that was addicting for me and meant something to me. So I bounced around with different subjects and mediums for a while hoping that one day I could really get passionate about a certain thing, it would just make sense and become my whole life. Every artist has that dream, I think.
The way that this current series came about wasn’t like a lightbulb or an “aha!” It slowly crept into my daily life and process and became the metaphor of purpose that I had been waiting for without me even noticing. A friend’s dad gave me some of his nautical charts because he had no use for them anymore and thought it would be fun for an artist to play with. Just another medium to paint on top of.