When I’m painting, I tend to yield to the spontaneous development of the artwork. I allow gravity and evaporation to become my allies in creating each piece. I enjoy being a mere observer in the organic processes that occur without human influence, both inside and outside of the studio. The ethereal quality of my work is created one thin layer at a time with great care and patience. The organic aesthetic that these dozens of layers create cannot be replicated by any hurried methods– they must be left to develop on their own. In my Cut-Out series, I use a process not unlike that of Matisse. The economy of design and the utilitarian simplicity therein allow for the creation of simple, archetypal pieces. I use familiar yet abstracted details to suspend the viewer in contemplation of the universality of imagery. Using negative shapes and emphasizing spacial relationships, I carefully consider scale and balance. Works in this series are meant to be lively, colorful, utopian, and uplifting. It is in these works where I feel most connected to my background in art, design, and illustration.