I create art influenced by urban decaying neighborhoods that surround me in a literal and emotional sense. The work begins when I drive or walk around Los Angeles. I embark on a journey to search out in detail the dialogue of decaying walls, the marks on them, and what it all means to me. Historically, walls have exhibited the voice of the people. As a result, my works are time capsules, mixed documents of memory and research; part performance, as I impersonate the characters that leave their marks on walls.
In my process, I develop a layered effect with paper and paint creating a raw energy from my surroundings to my canvas or found object. I use graphic symbols and vivid colors that are influenced by signage and slang constantly used in LA youth culture. Layers of paint, posters, and writing applications and aesthetic elements borrowed from both the street and fine art realms share compositional space in my work. My relationship with these traces as well as the accumulation of their many layers remind me of points in time pulled from my life in Los Angeles.