I like to create frightening images. These are the sort of images that make people’s skin crawl, that brings them out of their comfort zone. Ever since I was inspired by Salvador Dali as a child, and H.R. Giger as a teen, I’ve strived to create pictures that contradict our positive perceptions of the world. I like to use acrylics to make these unsettling images. Acrylics are easy to work with, as they dry fast, and I can always paint over it if I can make a mistake. They’re a paint that’s easy to use, and you can still create a detailed, expressive work with them. The works I create with these paints are titled Apparition. These are paintings that are my own view on soldiers of various wars throughout history. They aren’t the standard “soldier of fortune” pictures, they’re images through the eyes of the receiving end of the atrocities committed by soldiers. I paint their skin with the colors of rotting, decaying flesh, such as light blue or violet. I paint these because I typically view soldiers as tools of conquest, of the cruel intentions of mankind. I don’t see them as heroes to be honored or respected; I see them as the monstrous, bloodthirsty maniacs that they really are; that you’re supposed to fear, since they’re about to kill you. The atrocities they’ve committed in the past coincide with the ones being committed around the world today, and what will be committed in the future.