Witnessing the birth and growth of the digital age had a powerful impact on my work as an artist. While my formal art training was grounded in tradition, a parallel path developed involving the creation of art with the computer. As technology changed history, my work changed with it and my paintings progressed from mixed media to all digital.
I saw the world become more connected on a global level, but increasingly isolated on an individual level. And within the terrifyingly vast landscape known as the Internet, I looked on as an entire culture turned away from face-to-face communication. Intimacy became cybersex, and true identities were replaced by ideal or false personas, yet we still long to connect. These themes emerged in my figurative paintings and continue to inspire my work today.
From a technical perspective, the computer has become my collaborator. Where software allows the ability to simulate conventional painting, it also opens up countless possibilities that never existed before. I use graphic shapes and patterns as brushes. I create, pose and light my own digital models. And I can explore an infinite number of variations with the ability to return to different stages in the process.
Another new element born of digital communication is a marketing device called a Quick Response or QR code.