My drawings are real and imagined scenes that use photographic sources as underpinnings to a drawn and colored surface. Cultural color associations and formalisms of cartooning are invoked to read a situation that somehow is instantly recognizable. The combination’s goal is to create a poignant admixture of recognitions and reactions that amalgamate humor, terror, lust, rage and misery while maintaining the falsely safe experience of a colored cartoon.
My photographs are at the root of my art practice, having immersed myself in photographic study for over twenty years. Although I love the purity of a straight photograph, my artistic practice often pushes me to experiment with analog and digital technologies when creating my work. The work currently represented on my website spans the time I photographed landscapes of the west, created studio meat portraits, and collaged images about my family ancestry in Latvia.