For most of my life, I only considered art to be a minor hobby to be performed in my “spare” time. In waiting rooms, in the corners of books, on the subway, waiting for a friend. It wasn’t until much later in life that I realized that this is what my mind did when it was at peace; When I didn’t feel an overwhelming obligation to thought. Thinking was destroying my life, so I decided to put a stop to it. That was the day I gave up. I noticed that my hand began shaking very badly when I tried to draw. At first I was concerned and became very frustrated trying to keep the lines straight. Then I decided to just allow it. I held a pen in my hand and let it shake as much as it pleased. At first it looked like scribbles, but then I began to notice patterns begin to appear out of the chaos. The more I let go, the clearer they became. When we shake, or vibrate, it isn’t random nonsense...it’s fractal. The next thing I noticed was that the shapes are also heavily influenced by sound, especially music.
I immediately began experimenting with allowing my hand to vibrate while using different mediums, varying degrees of pressure, different music types, light sources, and states of mind. The result is what I like to call simply, vibrational art.
This is the technique from which all my work work is derived. I allow my hand to shake freely without attempting to control the lines or cover up “errors”. The result is a fractal flow found throughout nature. I steer this vibration into familiar forms by holding an image in my mind as I meditate with the pen, holding it loosely against the page.
The appearence of Fibonacci spirals is very common when using this technique and can be easily described as a form of automatic drawing or channeling.
As I continued to evolve the vibrational technique I began to steer the forms into more representational themes. The patterns and spirals that appeared on the paper via the shaking in my hand began to take a familiar form. I could see in the repetition the shapes of coastlines, tree bark, cell structure, muscle tissue, the cosmos itself. It each part was connected and flowed in a Fibonacci spiral pattern. The shapes were increasing in complexity in the same way that matter forms into organic life. An entropic vibration that could be steered into a story.
One of my main focuses when creating art is the use of various light sources. When I discovered black light reactive ink, I realized I could create layers of multiple light sources in one image. I began experimenting with blending UV and non-UV reactive paints together in varying degrees to create a sense of depth on the page. Each piece appears different under different light: under black light, regular light, and a 50/50 mix of the two.
The culmination of all my work.
When channeling vibrational linework I noticed that it isn’t just patterns that come through. There’s been an ongoing story that I see. An entire world, rich with a full cast of characters, cities, names, places, creatures, ideas, and philosophies. To me, comic form is the ideal way of expressing this new universe. In this way, I can use the evolving vibration patterns to form the images and words in tandem. The names and faces I see are just as familiar to me as someone I could feel and touch.
3:33 is a story channeled through my consciousness by vibration.
I gain a lot of energy from people despite being rather quiet and often mistaken for introverted. Live art connects me to an incredibly energizing source of appreciation energy. I consider this my “studio time”. I first began by randomly showing up at shows and events with my easel. It was just assumed I was supposed to be there. Eventually, I decided to just go with it and make it a thing. Since then, I’ve been working with a broad range of incredible live artists at venues big and small, festivals, and gatherings all around, including...
Artscape • The Gonzo Tribute Gallery • Mad Tea Party Jam • Rams Head Live • Baltimore Soundstage • The 8x10 • Paradox • Karmafest • Celestial Erotica at Scores • The Baltimore Creative Alliance • Sowebofest • Front Room Gallery • RAW Artist Exhibition • Terrault Contemporary • Gallery 788 • Platform Gallery...