I would define my work as outsider art, as I look to capture my subject matter in a naive and raw manner. What is distinct about my work is my heavily considered mark making and study of paint application. I was, and still am, very passionate about the ideology behind application and mark making. Mark making, to me, is a tangible portrayal of instinct and expression – a way to illustrate an idea or feeling naively and without literal reference. Here I can loose myself in an act of instinctual, subconscious application to create something of pure freedom and feeling. I connect Philip Guston with this ideology and practice. He once said: "The painting is not on a surface, but on a plane which is imagined. It moves in a mind. It is not there physically at all. It is an illusion, a piece of magic, so that what you see is not what you see”. I predominately work with paint, which in my application plays a strong sculptural role – constructing and deconstructing the layers with hardware tools. Although I do paint still life, accurately depicting subject matter has never been and will never be my focus. It’s just a vehicle for me to explore mark making and considered painterly application in an expressive and somewhat imaginary cartoon-like approach.