Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!
When I was a kid my dad always told me “you can never go home again” after visiting my grandparents. I didn’t understand as we pulled into our driveway after every visit. It took a long time for me to fully understand what he meant. I had recently purchased my own home and was visiting my parents one weekend. I was pulling out of the driveway heading back to my new home and it hit me. My heart was flooded with nostalgia, a longing to be a kid again, and all the goodness that comes from being “home”. A bittersweet emotion came over me as I waved to my parents, knowing I wasn’t just waving goodbye to them but also securing those wonderful memories of birthday parties, beach vacations, and taught moments even deeper into my heart.
I thought I would take the next few weeklies to dive deeper into individual paintings and their concepts from the Confectionery Outcasts series. The paintings are mostly about celebrating outcasts and our perceptions of what is considered good or bad. Feeling like an outcast many times throughout my life, these pieces naturally beckon memories and feelings of growing up. So they not only celebrate “curses” they are also personal reflections of my upbringing and represent my escapism into rock n roll, baking, and advocacy for rejected animals.