A central thread that weaves throughout my poetry, paintings, photography and drawings is the idea of opposites: beauty and ugliness, the sublime and the idiotic, violence, gentleness, victory and despair. My art is a space where these themes meet and coexist exhibiting all there inherent contradictions. The subject matter is often heavily autobiographical, communicated through a personal symbolism and surrealism. These metaphors are anchored equally in the constructs of my fictional writings and secondly within my personal struggle to survive a very real mental illness. Since 1985 I have used this strange brew to produce works both deeply-psychological and emotionally-stirring.