Artist statement: Euphoria and Dread
My art is a visual conversation with my audience about intense emotions such as joy, euphoria, triumph, and, conversely, suffering, fear, and dread. The works explore the mindful experiences of the friction between the higher self and the incarnated body.
Since my 30s, I have been deeply curious about these feelings, particularly what prompts them and how they are successive to one another in a wave like motion, the low or negative following the high or positive. I discovered through much introspection that I became obsessed by the emotions of joy, euphoria, as a sort of what I wanted to live and feel myself. It occurred to me that, in my quest for emotional fulfillment, I had come to believe that I was the only one not feeling contentment, much less joy but then, when it happened, I wanted to share that liberating experience through my art.
I have used oil on canvas for this series because I find that these particular materials have an inherent sensuality to them, one that is well-suited to the visual description of bodies moving elegantly, sensually through space. Oil paints also allow me to achieve a level of brightness suited to the extreme emotions I’m conveying in these pictures. I use body language in my paintings to express ideas or state of mind.