I was an architect for over 20 years, when in 2005, a progressive spine disease left me disabled and unable to continue practicing. This marked an end and a rebirth, when on a self-taught journey of discovery, I began to use the computer to make art as therapy to help me cope with pain and depression.
Prior to my disability, as an architect practicing a visual art form separate from the sphere of the other visual arts, my artistic abilities were always in service to the making of buildings. Now I found myself creating art on a computer program as if the works of art had been inside me all along, waiting for the day the technology would come around to realize them. Thinking back, I remember being exposed to modern art as a child, and during my college years I studied both architecture and art history. While at Pratt Institute, I also took a course on Islamic art, which began to open me to cultural aesthetics beyond what was familiar in my Western existence. I think these experiences have been invaluable as I have grown as an artist.
I have come to embrace digital technology to create large format works that would be too physically demanding for me to paint. In my new work, I am printing on rigid substrates, acrylic and aluminum and being rigid allows me to cut them on a cnc router, allowing the geometry to escape the confines of the square/rectangular format.
An outgrowth from my architecture, the tenants I learned about making buildings; structure, composition and the grid, to name some, are relevant to making art as well and they are my guiding principles. But these things need the binder that makes it all work, COLOR, which I weave through optically energetic geometric constructs, syncopating it with its accompanying geometric forms. Each artwork represents a little piece of me that has been freed and I strive for the joy that comes with that feeling to come alive in my work.
What I most hope for is for those viewing my work, is that they will find beauty and delight, even if for a brief moment and be temporarily lifted from the stresses of the unprecedented times we are living through.