"He has been in misery for so long that he cannot recall why, but the turmoil within grows slowly and begins to consume him. Tormented from within, agonized by the person he has become, he wears his pain on his face for the world to see; the reflection in the mirror is no longer his own. Will he find peace in his pain or will it dominate until there is nothing left?"

That narrative gave birth to the first work in this series, the assignment was to create something  unlike anything you’ve created so far and to write a short story to accompany the work. I took inspiration from a line in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno:

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”

I chose to take my classic portrait style and fuse it with the pain that pushed me to start painting. I was 15 when my parents divorced and painting was my refuge. Every time I would find myself thinking about what was happening to my family, I would go to my garage and start painting; that was the beginning of the greatest adventure of my life.

The progression of the series emerged from a desire to push myself out of my comfort zone. My previous work is rather strict in creating clean and crisp lines, I sought a break from that style by allowing myself to make mistakes and not apologize.

This change in direction gave me the confidence to deviate from the norms of society and pursue the beauty within. It taught me to take risks, find beauty, and most importantly, that pain is meant to be embraced rather than repressed. This series is an embodiment of myself as an artist.