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When I first started drawing and painting it was about capturing a moment in time, making a connection, and then letting go. I would sketch downtown: city street scenes, someone studying at a coffee shop, or people walking around the city. Many of these sketches would sell as I finished them, to a passerby or the individual I was trying to capture.
I also have been drawn to taking photos. Growing up, I always had a camera capturing candid photos of family and friends. When I am without a camera, I feel like there is something missing from my life. With a camera I can capture a moment instantly.
A tornado had a severe impact on Manzanita. During that time, I was able to capture photos of the storms. These photos inspired me to paint moments of time in the ocean, with my fingers using soft pastels. Like the waves crashing on the rocks, I can further connect to the power of the ocean by smashing and crushing the pastels on paper with my hands.
Also during this time I experienced several storms in my personal life, and painting was a way for me to work through those storms and further connect to the imagery. As the time goes on the storms seem to come in more frequent waves, and get more intense. A secondary metaphor started to evolve out of this work that correlates with nature, the ocean, storms, waves, and life. As I painted and meditated, I realized the storms of life come in waves teaching and preparing me for the next big storm, until I can learn how to let go.
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