This collection features a modest handful of my artwork... pieces which I regard as fitting into the category of "illustration". Each of these' illos' were originally accompanied by a short but rather interesting backstory (or other form of written word - be it poem, quotation, etc.). In time, I may decide to include such text within this site. Presently, I would rather the visual dynamics of each piece serve as the aesthetic voice. However, should you wish to read the original text that originally accompanied a given work or two, please ask and I would be happy to share.
The springboard for most all of these illustrations was a one-word prompt, issued by the popular Illustration Friday website. Each week, a new prompt is selected and announced - to which artists all of the globe freshly respond by way of their unique, illustrative style. I might add that, while the springboard for the initial idea comes from a mere prompt, what happens to the illustration - while "up in the air" - is a confluence of my experience and the mindset that I maintain at the very moment of execution. My response has much to do with subtle yet significant life events, relational dynamics, yet (quite possibly) it could stem from a mere book I happen to be reading or from a song heard during the course of the week. In any / all cases, the concept is germinated by my intense passion I maintain for the act of creating fresh, honest art within a rather limited amount of time - less than one week per pop! My passion is an invisible yet powerful elixir that spills over my creative soul - allowing me to respond to otherwise banal subjects in unique and far-reaching manners.
There are reoccurring themes and objects found within these compositions. While I may never fully explain the full reasoning for some of my artistic decisions, I will freely share with you that I enjoy commenting on the nuances that I have observed and experienced in my lifetime. Themes of jealousy, love and hypocrisy (in no particular order) have intrigued me for well over a decade now. They represent, for me, social dynamics from which I have most recently learned the most - about those around me and myself.
Whether it's employing the 'animal kingdom' as a means for acting-out such situations or using literature to parallel real life scenarios, I enjoy interweaving layers of metaphoric meaning into many of my compositions. Whether it be an olive or a rat... a numerical figure or a carrot, each element is carefully chosen for either its form or its context (sometimes both).
There is no greater joy than expressing a personal idea through the visual language of art... even if I know full-well that my viewership, despite ever fully understanding my work, may find in it, some form of visual enjoyment - unique to their own experiences.