a personal introspective search, my art becomes an outlet to externalize inner
feelings and therefore becomes a means of self-expression. It is both therapy
I have a love of different media and prefer to combine them to produce a final
personal statement through those art processes. Craftsmanship as well as artistic
statement are usually as important in my work. The importance of craftsmanship
is a part of my upbringing. My father once said, "If you're going to
do it half-assed, then don't do it at all." Being raised with this philosophy
has strengthened my work not only in the quality of the work as artifact,
but in the seriousness of its intent.
The imagery in my work stems from life long experience rather than from the
need to use the stereotypical symbols associated with my cultural heritage.
The use of such symbols as the rooster, the knife, the rose, the fish, and
others, has come more from an ingrained association with those images as opposed
to an intentional use of those images to obtain a desired reaction form the
I use the shadow box, or nicho, because I like the idea of containment. The
nicho is recognized and effective in religious art. It has the ability to
pull the viewer in and its altar-like form commands reverence. The form can
be used to manipulate the viewers.