When I started going to school and living in New York City for several years, the one thing that really caught me by surprise, simply because it came so unexpectedly, was the speed of the city. At the time, it was quite overwhelming. In fact, my first few months there is still a blur. So I started carrying my little black book. Sketching enables me to stop and look at my surroundings, record what I see, hear, and think. This process helped me immensely with my adapting to living in the big city.
Since moving to Hawai’i, although the speed of the city is much different, carrying my little black book has been essential in my creative process. The natural beauty of the islands and people are easy and willing subjects. The influences of these changes are currently in my recent works.
My process really serves as a personal utilitarian purpose. It helps facilitate my fascination with time, speed, and memory. Most importantly enables me to slow myself down. I love the mundane ordinary things in life. My long process allows me to paint and draw so I can remember.