From the afternoon spent casting my ballot at the polls next to a little old lady humming to herself all the way to the evening celebrating with my cousin Amber on her birthday - I'll never forget this day.
Thank you America.
Tonight was an 8 foot screen shedding the glow on family, friends, toasts and HOPE. And I knew that this crowd was just one of many all across our nation.
A nomadic childhood made my sense of "home" into a concept rather than a place. I create art that continually builds and restructures these concepts.
Landscapes real and imaged tucked within a child-like house shape revel in a love of pattern and line and color that I had first picked up as a child in Turkey.
Freely creating a huge canvas of color-play, only to tear it into strips to sew with was hugely liberating. I had returned to creating purely for the joy of making something beautiful, but never forgetting a heavy dose of yearning towards the apex of an unknown destination.
My work has been shown in Seattle galleries and internationally in Ireland, Finland and Monaco. I've been an awardee of the Vermont Studio Center Artist Fellowship and a printmaking residency in Co. Donegal, Ireland.
As well as being a working painter, I also consult as a curator for real estate development in the Seattle area, and serve on the Board of Directors of Seattle's Center on Contemporary Art.