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Artist Statement

I paint highly vibrant, textured, eye-catching landscapes and illustrations. My paintings focus on perception and reality in relation to Derealization, Dissociation, and Maladaptive Daydreaming. These are all things I struggle with. I hope that my paintings help bring awareness to C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the beauty that comes from it. The worlds I create come directly from the inner world that has protected me when struggling with Dissociation. All of my paintings take visual inspiration from locations around Southern California, nostalgia from Sci-Fi, and the vibrant art of the 80s/90s. The combination of nostalgia and dissociation allows my paintings to take on a dream-like state and envelop viewers to wonder about each texture, brushstroke, and color palette. Dreamscapes allow viewers to feel a sense of familiarity, hope, discomfort, anemoia, and ambedo, just as someone who struggles with dissociation may emotionally and physically experience.