"I believe that nostalgia is a powerful emotion. My childhood is the source of all of my creative energy - it is reflected in the surreal and expressionistic nature of my work. Children are dark little things - subtle, twisted innocence, exposed to an overtly twisted world - delicate, intensely emotional and naturally untethered. Their eyes are like filters of imaginative naivety, painting over the harsh complexities of the world around them with surreal strokes of bizarre optimism and subtle macabre.
I think writers like Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, A. A. Milne (Winnie The Pooh), Lewis Carol (Alice In Wonderland), Hans Christian Andersen (The Little Mermaid) and J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan), had an intimate understanding this and the way a child’s mind works.
I love Disney films, many of which are adapted from works by the aforementioned writers, because they take these grim cautionary tales, filled with dire, bleak consequences, and twist and contort them into a Frankenstein of escapist euphoria and sensual innuendo. I try to channel that in my work, to create something uniquely expressive and personal, used to communicate specific messages and to elicit deep visceral emotion."