Born in Las Vegas, I moved to the bible belt of Texas when I was 18 years old. There, I began my art career at McLennan Community College. After receiving my Associates degree, I transferred to Baylor University to further my studies in painting and photography. It was at Baylor that I discovered photography as an art form. I focused primarily on photography while also continuing to paint.
I spend countless hours driving around searching for places and locations that l respond to visually, or reminds me of a time from my past. My photography tends to take me into the rural areas of Texas where I explore the landscape of this great state. The rural landscapes bring me back to my childhood living in a small country town in Nevada. I enjoy finding these off-beat places that nobody ventures to, and incorporating them into my own work.
It’s Far From Your Heart is a series of tableau images, in which the entire narrative is distilled into one frame. In this body of work, the images make references to moments from my past. In these allegories, I use the landscape to convey narratives that are very personal to me. For years, I have driven around Texas searching for locations I respond to and or bring up a sense of nostalgia. I then archive these locations digitally, and use them later in shoots.
Although working on the images is cathartic for me, they are also meant to serve as a visual prompt to the viewer as well. The images create an open environment that will allow the viewer to step into the scene and form their own narrative. We as humans have all experienced loss, complacency, listlessness among other situations and emotions. These images allow the viewer to tune into their own personal narrative and bring these internal feelings to the imagery.
The title of the work, It’s Far From Your Heart, comes from my past. Whenever I would get a cut or a bruise, and go crying to my mother, she would only respond “It’s far from your heart. You will be just fine.”