Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.” So it was to be for me, for I ended up making most of the source material for my new creative journey while working as a securities trader. For years, from classroom to office, I found it easier to create when my mind was occupied with some other analytical task, filling the margins of my pages with sketches and doodles, eventually collecting hundreds of what would one day become something more. With very little education in art, I began to research different ways in which I could express my ideas, while still capturing the essence of my original way of seeing.
From that point, my process has evolved into blowing up the original drawings—from sheets of old paper, napkins or whatever was on my desk at the time—holding onto their unique details and then incorporating different types of media that add interest and dimension to my work. After completing each piece, I often notice minute details that have carried through: old coffee stains or obscure reminders I’d left myself, be the phone numbers from the past or notes of interest I’d written down. In many ways, these source drawings act as a journal capturing the people, events and stories in my life over the years. I find solace in my family and community, and I’d like to continue strengthening both: art can bring people together and if I'm able to do that, then I am a success.