The person I am today reflects my experiences in the places I have traveled and the people I have met along the way.
I was a traveler long before I was a painter. Discovering the world has been a lifelong personal journey of self-discovery. Recording what I see has given me an increased empathy and connection to the world.
When I first started painting, I painted dark, mostly in black and white, and based mainly on difficult and challenging personal experiences. At a certain point, I realized I could no longer paint in black and white, I needed color. It was as if I had worked through the obstacles, and could now experience the joys of life on my own terms, to do more of what I like.
My passion is painting places I am travelling to, people that I meet and stories that I hear. Painting helps me search deeply and intensely for expression and connection with my subject even in the darkest of circumstances. Looking into the eyes of others has served as my own reflection and helped me realize that we all share one world with similar dreams and aspirations.
Interacting with strangers is one of the greatest gifts travel has given me. Traveling and welcoming the unknown has changed my life for the better.