Baltimore Penance 2020 Oil on canvas 24 x 72 inches
Miami Baptism 2019 Oil on canvas 24 x 72 inches
Valencia Communion 2020 Oil on canvas 24 x 72 inches
End of Days Sunset 2020 Oil on canvas 40 x 40 inches
Statement

My work is about combining portraiture, landscape, and abstraction to create fictional environments and narratives that are reminiscent of my home and the various places in which I have found myself since childhood. My most recent paintings explore religion and its presence, both conscious and unconscious, in everyday life, familial relationships, and personal identity. Within each painting I create fictional environments composed of elements of the spiritual world, real world, institution of religion, and the world of my own perception. In some instances these environments exist together harmoniously, while in others they are at odds with each other, thus creating conflict. These imagined spaces contain ambiguous narratives rooted in personal experiences that question and explore truth, reality, perception, and the potential for their manipulation by external factors. Drawing from recognizable religious iconography, rituals, and symbolism as well as the colors, landscapes, architecture, and decorative elements of my childhood home in Miami and my current home in Baltimore, I hope to anchor these narratives in a reality that viewers can connect with and use to reflect on their own experiences.