My work is an exploration of historical and present-day societal conflicts and the fallout that occurs on both a cultural and personal level. I seek to represent those who have been marginalized, victimized, and silenced, much of the time because of the power struggles of the elite. My hope is to shed light upon real experiences that many choose to ignore, bringing about awareness and inspire action for positive social change.
My pieces are created through my perspective as a first-generation American of Spanish-Basque and Filipino descent. The dynamic relationship of these cultures all naturally flow into the subject matter of my work. As a native to the San Francisco Bay Area, the grittiness of urban life is also a driving theme in much of pieces.
I draw inspiration from many sources both within and outside visual art. Caspar David Friedrich, Dulari Devi, Vicente Mansala, J.M.W. Turner, Richard Diebenkorn, and Mark Rothko are just a few of the many artists that have had an impact on me. Spirituality, history, writings, music, and the work of civil rights leaders also heavily motivate my creative process. I view art as an extension of who I am and so the totality of these interests plays a vital role in my approach.
When I am not painting, I am spending time with my family, instructing painting classes, running, listening to music, or at a concert. I hope you enjoy my work and please feel free to say hello!