Early on in my career, I spoke in metaphors using
animals to depict
themes of power or group dynamics in my social-politically charged
works that mirror our time. Although initially, I made sculptures of
birds, bulls, dogs, rabbits and boars, it was these images that eventually
became central to my figurative paintings.
I found I could achieve more with the surface of a painting than
I could with a three-dimensional piece. As a result, I transferred
"building of a sculpture" to the canvas, in effect, creating "sculptures of
paint". My style evolved as I drew rebar, mesh and wire into
paintings with the same visual aesthetic as seen in my sculptural
My paintings are about line, surface and movement. Layers and layers of
gesso, pencil, crayon, oil stick are worked and reworked as
I draws my
images, only to completely cover up the work and then discover it again.
"Beasts to Birds" is an exhibition where I
my sculptures and
paintings separately as well as together in installation at the Maui Arts &
Click here to see a slideshow
of the event.