Painting and drawing allows me freedom to address some of the social ills that plague our modern society and to paint what I feel, not necessarily what I see. Having grown up in a rural setting and having had opportunities to travel and live overseas, I decided to paint what I saw in my mind’s eye while referencing what I experienced around me.
The nature of my work is that through the use of varied imagery, classical and digital painting techniques and humor, I sometimes utilize teddy bear images to address contemporary, social issues that are relevant and that affect the human race on a physical and spiritual level. Some paintings are a result of investigating my Native American roots (Choctaw), while others are a result of my spiritual quest and studies in Jungian symbology, Shamanic practices and Aboriginal Dreamtime myth. Through my Twisted Teddys” series and other imagery, I hope the viewer is inspired to be more aware of their global connections to each other and to take personal responsibility for effecting positive change in society.
I’ve worked with drug addicts, the homeless, victims of sexual abuse, young people who have been incarcerated, and have friends in the porn industry so I have definitely seen some of the seedier side of life. I’ve seen how people can make a bad decision and get trapped in that decision. They are unable to figure out how to get out of the situation in which they find themselves. With that in mind, my artistic goal is that I aspire to achieve positive social change with my art.