To me, art is an exploration of creativity and emotion through the use of a visual medium. It was with that thought in mind that I have explored as many possible forms of art as I could, in order to be a more complete artist. This drive found me studying drawing, painting, ceramics, black and white photography, decoupage, mosaic, graffiti, calligraphy, uli (a form of African tribal art), screen printing, and anything else that is conducive for my need to create.
In a somewhat beautiful analogy to my life, my art has come and gone in many phases. As each stage of my artistic life came to a close, I collected all of my work and catalogued it, physically and digitally, before “passing it on” to new owners. But life will find a way to get involved and shake things up, and on three separate occasions over the past ten years, I came to lose every piece of art I created. My notebooks were lost, my computer drives were compromised, prints were stolen and in the end, I have little to show for my life spent creating art. I’ve chosen to embrace these moments as opportunities to start over with a clean slate… a blank canvas, if you must.
So I continue creating. Photography is my main source of artistic endeavor at the moment (other than my writing), but I am continuing to explore my creative vision. I dug out my spray paints and started sketching up some designs. I am also interested in doing a number of collaborations in the coming year, on everything from screen printed shirts to mobile apps. I will keep the pages updated as inspiration finds me.
In the past, I have been fortune enough to have my work displayed in a few shows, including:
BRODY ART GALLERY, THE THACHER SCHOOL – 2004 – Solo Photography Show
THE RICHARD F. BRUSH ART GALLERY, ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY – 2008 – (un)Monumental
THE RICHARD F. BRUSH ART GALLERY, ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY – 2008 – Juried Art Exhibition
Some of my work is also available online, and you can see them here:
PHOTOGRAPHY – Here you will find libraries of my photographs, including black and white portraits, a series of “Behind The Scenes” circus performances from the documentary “Bizarre: A Circus Story,” and a handful of other my other photography projects.
PAINTINGS – Whether it’s watercolor on paper or spray paint on cinderblock, you’ll find the wide array of painting I do here. You’ll also find my mixed media work here, including my latest plexiglass works.
DRAWINGS – Drawing isn’t simply an “unfinished painting,” it is far more than that. It is an opportunity and a challenge. Here you’ll find some of my sketches, figure studies, and completed drawings.
ULI – A form of abstract drawing done on the bodies of African women in ceremony, here you’ll find a collection of art created under, and inspired by, the world famous Uli artist (and my teacher), Obiora Udechukwu.