I create art in abstract expressionism using music and sounds as influences. Music and meditation are two great ways to relieve stress, and these disciplines helped me gain the intense concentration that I rarely achieve. Using this idea as a basis for my process has helped me create an image in my mind which I translate onto paper or canvas. With the addition of music, these two different methods of stress relief aid in the process and in addition relieve my own anxiety. The different layers of sound and rhythm contribute to what the final design will be, and since my reference and influence is from musicians, their album covers and music videos may or may not have an influence on color choice.
Realism is something that I have always wanted to achieve ever since I was a child. My preference with realism subjects is to do still life’s and landscapes. I wanted to do so with paint but found that I am stronger with colored pencils. I found it easy to manipulate colored pencils to get shades of colors and densities that I was not able to do with a paintbrush and canvas. I can obtain a higher level of detail with a colored pencil than with paint. I have had success with a brush and canvas on these subjects, but my ability to get the details I want are minimal. With my background of color theory with using only colored pencils; it has strengthened my ability to take advantage of the medium.