I work from a perspective that allows me the freedom to use any material to make art. These materials that I use are from objects that are cast-off, detritus, and other organic materials such as; rust, sand, leaves, ashes, wood. I also use the traditional medias such as chalk, acrylic, oil paint, paint sticks, spray paint, pencil and graphite. Many of these paintings have a collage effect, because of the use of printed image and written text along with of course the other mixed media. I allow myself the freedom to combine any media at my disposal to attain the effect that I need.
The written word becomes important in most of my paintings as a communication device. I use written texts as signifiers to propel images and metaphors into directions of random poetry. As in a painting everything seems to interrelate as in collage. The collage effect is used in the same manner taking metaphors and images from popular culture and arranging them in a context of unfamiliarity. My history as a Native person growing up in a small city and as a contemporary man are underlying themes; “like eating cornflakes at my grandfathers breakfast table before Longhouse”, or “watching a lacrosse game sitting on top of a 68 Chrysler”. These are examples of the planes that my mind travels while making paintings. This dichotomy of these apposing societies constantly clash, intermingle and become one throughout the making of my art.