Artist's Statement ...
"I used to believe that my artwork and I were two very different things; my images seemed to simply be odd ideas from my imagination. However, lately I have been finding more of myself in my work- though mostly in the sub-levels rather than on the surface. It may be in the twisting fingers of a hand, the falling of light or a pattern of grain and texture, but it is me. Perhaps, becoming part of your own art is unavoidable.
My artwork has been described as 'quietly complex', 'eerily peaceful' and 'wicked fucking creepy' ..and so have I. I enjoy creating music related art, especially for CD jackets and hope that this is the direction my career will take.
I've recently been trying to juggle the work that pays the bills with the work that I love and it's been an experience to say the least. There are many plans in the works right now for future-maybes: Priority one is teaching. I've been teaching classes at the Community Darkroom in Rochester, NY and I love it. I need to sort out how I'm going to get from teaching for a non-profit to something that can pay the bills. Aside from that, it is very satisfying work. I'm teaching Photoshop on 5 e-Macs. Macs are bad enough- an e-Mac is the equivalent of a Mac with "special needs". Then there is Circuit City, which pays the bills. I talk about digital cameras all day to peoples- it's time reasonably well spent. It's actually quite similar to teaching- just with the added pressure of convincing my students to open their wallets and spend, spend, spend! Did I mention our extended warranty?
As for specific art projects coming up- I'm backing off from big projects. Billy Atlas remains unfinished. I've been working on new pages- expect to see them soon. But it has been the most difficult endeavor of my artistic career. I don't think I'm suited to these grand scale works. I'm young, my ideas, skills, and perception of the world changes day by day- my opinions of the project change in the middle of working on it. Maybe when I'm old, stale and set in my ways I'll be able to commit this sort of work :) "