The abstract All Kinds of Happy No. 1 illustrates the use of street art and graffiti as my own visual language. Just as I explore a city while photographing graffiti (selecting what images to capture for color, line and patina), the layering of street ephemera in my abstract work is a process of discovery. Each gesture becomes an individual drawing, the gesture is imbued with the color of graffiti walls and hand printed on the surface as the composition builds layer by layer, intertwined with my own gestures, acrylic paint, spray paint and other mediums. For this work, I hand printed Japanese Kozo paper in uplifting, dreamy colors to lend extra softness and texture to the piece. The art is sealed with a heavy-body matte acrylic varnish that has the appearance of encaustic work. All Kinds of Happy No. 1 is titled as such because it’s light, fun and, well, happy!