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Start Date

3-20-2021 2:00 PM

End Date

3-20-2021 2:55 PM


Artist Statement

I am a traditionalist artist from Northern New Jersey. I served in the United States Navy as a helicopter mechanic and survived something that many would not have. I fell 20ft from a helicopter while performing routine maintenance, on April 12th, 2013. On that day, I lost my old self and woke up a completely different person, one I could not stand to even look at in the mirror, and that was just the beginning.

To portray the horrific journey, I had to go through, I chose to paint the images of my memory in a very disturbingly surrealist way. I wanted the viewer to try and understand the hell I was put through. H.R. Giger was a major influence in trying to get that surrealist sickening image across to the viewer. Throughout the process of painting these memories and images, I was very open about my mental health and making sure to communicate with professionals. The series “Unwanted Events,” ended up being very therapeutic and releasing many emotions I did not know I was still holding on to. It also brought a sense of relief because many people were starting to understand more about what had happened.

“Rock Bottom” - Some doctors still tried to figure out what was going on with me, while others gave up. I had completely lost myself and all color was drained from my world. All my artistic ability was sucked out of me. I wanted it to be over. I was done.

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