Where it all began.
Photography is where I began my career as a professional artist. At a young age, I was fascinated by cameras. This led me to take several photography and filmmaking classes which opened up a whole new world for me. After high school, I wanted to become a professional photographer like Andres Serrano. I often found that a lot of photography is repetitive and uncreative. These photographers are too focused on capturing reality. I take a surrealist approach to my photography just like my paintings.
The Endless sands of time
This was a pivotal point for me as an artist. My friend took me to the Great Sand Dunes National Park. We decided to climb to the top of the dunes early in the morning to capture twlight. We were able to capture a beautiful sunset but I came to capture my cloaked figures in such a surreal environment. These are two images merged together. I want the cloaks to represent duality in life through their colors and inhabitance in space.
My cloak series is a perfect embodiment of this. This mysterious ghost-like figure under a red cloak contrasts all the landscapes it is placed in. The cloak in my mind is a merge of a lot of different symbolic elements. I based the red cloak off of Virigls's character in The Divine Comedy. As it fits in with my brand's message of A Deal In Hell Never Ends Well. I also grew up around Santa Muerte figures and the ones I recall the most were red-robed. When Santa Muerte is depicted in different colors she protects you from different things. Red is for Family and Love.