But where does this fascination come from? As animals who inhabit planet Earth, it should come as something natural to us but, unfortunately, urban life makes us alienated. “I moved from an urban setting to the rural countryside of Michigan when I was 9. Once there, I quickly realized that I had lost the proximity of my friends”, says the artist. “This forced me out of the house, into the woods, cornfields, streams where I fished, climbed trees, dug – did anything I could do to fill the time between breakfast and dinner”, he continues.
His paintings, nevertheless, are much more than just his memories and influences from a childhood split between Michigan and his “father oceanside shack on Long Island”, when the Internet wasn’t as widely spread, social media still didn’t exist, and couldn’t spend (or waste) all his time scrolling infinitely. “I yearn to be an abstract painter but have never been able to paint nothing unless I’m painting something. From the bands of empty skies, seas, and sand, to the obliques rock forums that seemingly occupy the whole the picture plane are examples of this of desire.”