The Bathers, Acrylic on canvas, 76 x 76 inches, 2017
2017 was my most productive and ambitious year so far in my career as a young artist. I created works that were truly large scale, such as the Eye of the Tiger, The Three Muses, and The Bathers. I believe my art has evolved significantly and has great merits because it involves an experimental process with color, form, and composition, and addresses the issue of beauty and the ideal. My art deals with the ideal form and proportions, harmonious colors, and dynamic compositions. Contemporary art seems to have lost the kind of depth in the allegorical and visual realms that were possible with Modern art. I don't want to make art that conforms with the latest trends if such trends come from the ivory tower and are out of touch with the hearts of the everyday people. I want to make art that is truly beautiful and experimental at the same time that involves the human figure, and in particular the idealized female form because because on a canvas the human figure with color and form can be experimented and perfected endlessly. It is this pursuit of the ideal and the beautiful that gives me the drive to experiment, reshape, and retouch the colors and forms towards perfection.