I’m a combination of opposite energies from different sides of the planet. My father is from the UK and my mother, the Philippines. I was born in the UK but I grew up in the apparent “new South Africa”, and have been consistently traveling from one place to the next ever since I was a child. I used to draw all the time when I was younger but as the years passed I was told that it was not a sustainable path and so my creative side lay dormant for years. I chased the “dream” like many others and like many others found myself having all my material cravings answered yet, like many others, I woke up to a reality which was that of a self-contained prison of illusion. I was empty yet so full of… shit 🙂
The universe has a strange way of correcting one when on the incorrect path. I worked in fracking, a good position for someone so young at the time and came across a person that radically changed my life in a short space of time. I quit my job and left my life behind. This path eventually led me to picking up a pen again after a decade…
I guess I started drawing out of an inner craving to create once again. I tried to ignore it for as long as I could but could always feel that at some point I had to feed that craving. Every piece I make is a manifestation of my emotions at the time. I can’t seem to create without having a heart full of emotion. The pieces are mixed media, digitally edited, once drawn either on paper or on my laptop using a wacom tab. Each piece has a distinct and unique path on how it was created. I use a number of methods to get the results and I tend not to plan how each piece will look. It kinda just comes to me… if that makes any sense!?! I’m always experimenting with techniques.
I don’t really like saying “oh this is a picture of that”, because I want the person viewing the picture to see what they need to see. It should come to them in their own time. There is a message in each piece that may be unique to one person and to the next, a totally different and unique experience in them.
July 22, 2016
“As I looked at his work, I realized that the images seemed to be moving in front of my eyes. Or in my eyes, vibrating into my brain. (I was otherwise sober.) They also reminded me of the skateboard and graffiti art my brother, a tattoo artist in New York, has loved since our childhood. I stared at each piece—faces and eyeballs, subtle patterns—and felt an oscillating time dimension, layers of color and emotion.”