When thinking of The West, visions of majestic landscapes and prosperity come to mind. To think that at a time, all the answers to man’s problems only laid westward. A plethora of richness in opportunity, resource, adventure and spirit filled every man, woman and child into risking everything they had for a better life. From dodging dysentery to fighting off savage Indians, The West has portrayed our early American settlers as the protagonist to our melodrama we call Life. Endorsing violence and cruelty as acts of valor. One old repeated story we all can recall is the one of Cowboys and Indians. A dumb down and affable way to talk about the torment and demonization of a culture because it went against the grain of a euro-centric template of what America will soon become.
In my art, I express parables of The West using drawn out scenes to add suspense and drama. Surrealism to stimulate the mysticism of Native American culture as well as the device that propels the story. And Comedy as a relief from the realities of colonialism and stereotypes.
I focus on the artistry that mother earth has created for me to live, admire and to create from. The landscape plays a vital role in my art not just as a location of a scene but as an acknowledgment to my gratitude to the Earth. I am inspired by the connection of nature and man, as well as the connection between man and himself.
In this body of work, I am creating a visual language to express thoughts, ideas and reminders of similarities from the old west to modern America and our society.