With my work, I hope the viewer appreciates graffiti and street art in a whole new way. I photograph it, extract little bits and pieces from my shots and use them like found objects to create layered abstract collages and patterns on wood, metal or fabric with a very painterly quality. Traveling is when I’m immersed in some of the most visually chaotic, raw and brilliant environments. I love to spend hours researching the street art scene of a particular city, mapping out stops and wandering into local haunts to inquire about the best (or the worst depending on one’s perspective) places to find new source material— a decaying wall, a section from a tagged tunnel floor or a small portion of rusty metal. In the final work, the essence of the graffiti is still there, but it’s a totally reimagined piece.