I have lived with epilepsy most of my life and discovered its direct relationship with expressive art in 2010. At this time, I was obtaining my master’s degree in Contemporary Composition (UCF), and music was my medium. I composed the album, Ictal Variations. This piece has been featured in Hidden Truths Project’s art exhibits and film series.
In 2022, I transitioned from music to the visual arts through an app called Procreate. Here, I discovered that creating abstract art greatly helped me relax, unwind, and express my experiences in a creative and nonverbal way, and without the confines of trying to resemble someone else’s work style. In this experimental and liberating process, I have now created almost 100 pieces.
The pieces I chose to exhibit are taken from across this timeline, having been created near the start of ‘Pop Fizz’ and more recent ‘The Art of Summer’ points of this journey.
Pop Fizz is a visual expression of allowing my troubles to disappear in a fun and playful way. It was very much experimentation of colours and textures, and balance.
The Art of Summer uses my favourite and now most regularly chosen warm colours, a reflection of my positive state of mind at the time of its creation.
As this process has progressed, I have identified certain patterns and features in my work, such as colour choice, texture choice, and tendency to create using left to right diagonal strokes. I am now also at the beginning of my transition from digital to physical, artistic media, i.e., creating work using paint and experimenting with surfaces such as paper, canvas, board, metal, etc., which I find very exciting.