About My Process.

 image: ed canas

image: ed canas

My portraits are folkloric; they strive to capture the essence of a person rather than their physicality, which is merely temporary.  I aim to portray their emotional core, how they may appear in a memory or a dream.  I am acutely aware that transitions are omnipresent and I believe because of that my works reveal a sense of displacement.  I’m normally operating somewhere between private confession and public entertainment.  That said, I like to think that I paint about love, pain and tenderness.  I use bold color and form as linguistic tools to represent the intangible.  I distort, smudge, and hollow out their features in order to erase this notion of perfection that we strive for as humans and in our art.    The immediacy of my imagery creates a visceral nature to the work, and the reductive visual language lends a sense of intimacy.  These faces are broken down to their psychic roots, exposed for all to see.  Ultimately, because of this, my work responds to a desire for human connection by facilitating these investigation into the interior.     


I’m an auto didact artist from Washington DC, living and working in Los Angeles.  I work primarily in oil pastels with a penchant for watercolor and graphite powder.  I often employ bold colors and emotive tableau with empirical evidence in a contemporary manner.  

My work has been shown in solo and group exhibits, television broadcasts and print publications.  The work has also made it’s way to institutions and private collections across the U.S. and abroad. 

I am currently self-represented and taking clients on a limited basis. 

As always, thank you for taking the time to be here.