From the beginning the mission has been to create interesting things. Off the beaten path, quirky, a bit odd and not always in line with the status quo. To merge the techniques of old world perfumery with those of modern natural perfume making.
Time has changed the mission. Today it is more about clarity, simplicity and moving beyond the old ways, the complicated over the top ways, to a style of perfume making that speaks to the future rather than the past.
Always respecting the past, but not feeling obligated to repeat it.
I am an artist first. My vision has always been to create for myself, stand back and see where it lands. This approach takes me in many directions, but always comes full circle, one way or another. It's not good to push a thing. Too hard, too fast. It tends to fall apart and that is not the goal. The goal is to let the work breathe and keep moving forward, Always..
Scentual Artistry Perfume Studio: 2010 Cincinnati
Art Studio 2023
I have been a painter my entire life and divide my time between my art career and perfumery.
When I started working seriously with scent back in the early 1990's it was as an Olfactory Artist, creating scent art installations and experimental ephemera. More of a provocateur, a scrappy contrarian. Nothing like the stylized world of high fashion perfumery. I have never really fit in there, which turns out to be a lucky break for me. People have not expected me to fit in, and that has been the best thing.
With the sense of smell being so connected to experience, I am surprised that perfumery was not always considered a high art and open to rebelliousness, interpretation and experimentation. But here we are now. Better late than never.