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My inspiration comes from road trips through arid parts of California as much as walks through my East LA neighborhood. In painting landscapes, I want to capture the kind of slippage that can happen: alone in a vast space or focused on a minute element of nature an inner dialog and a sense of one’s physical self easily takes over, and it is easy to become filled with nostalgia or existential dread. The view then is as much about the viewer as it is the landscape.
For my large scale paintings, I work from collages made up of b/w photos. I juxtapose bold marks and illusionistically painted vistas to achieve a simultaneous sense of vertigo, tactility and remove.
Lately I have been honing in on singular elements like a tree crevice or roots ripping up the sidewalk. For me these organic forms have the potential to become metaphors for us and our daily existence. I often pour my frustration over our political and environmental stalemates into the act of painting: Filaments turn into synapses firing away beneath the surface; texture rich limbs churn and push against each other while hopelessly engaged in the same struggle; shoots of life burst forward from the petrified hollowness. To evoke an inner state with my “landscapes”, I borrow words from poets mining passion, like X. Villaurrutia. My hope is for my paintings to speak to something that connects us on a deeper and elemental level-- to one another and to nature.