This series is my first set of imaginative works from a composite of small studies and sketches I created from memory. This process deviates from my classical background which relies heavily on painting from observation and capturing what the eye sees optically.



In a world inherently insecure, humans often find themselves seeking solace, hope, and moments of transcendence. The world needs beauty, and beauty has the power to transform and influence people's lives. As an artist, I am interested in the intersection between art, faith, and mystery—offering a relationship through my paintings by evoking a profound aesthetic experience for the viewer. My work explores themes of beauty and the sublime as a pathway to the Divine. I represent these themes through metaphorical landscapes with figures resembling personal and lived experiences of my own search for beauty, truth, and goodness; finding God in different moments. Thus, my paintings are meant to inspire meditative, contemplative experiences, drawing viewers into an intimate conversation that brings them deeper into and beyond themselves.


My art shows how the spirit comes to us. This body of work brings together how light signifies a more profound appreciation of the Lord of Light in this dark, insecure, and broken world. In our busy, globalized, and disconnected society, creating this avenue for viewers to pause and reconnect with their hearts and spirits is essential in my work as an artist. My goal is to provide an experience of beauty and the sacred to humanity.


I believe the world needs beauty through art that transcends, moves, inspires, and elevates humanity to the divine. This is what I ultimately aspire and envision my art to be in my lifetime: to add beauty to this world by painting imagery in which weary souls can find respite, joy, reflection, and nourishment by viewing.


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