i am an artist and a human
Materials offer a history of labor from every individual that has touched them. Using materials “off the self” from the store I make objects in low and high relief that range from paintings, sculptures and wall installations. Each maneuver in my work is a blip of the mind. Like the spots on one's retina after staring at the sun that jump around while you blink to get it to go away. They are separate experiences. The shape, the color, the texture are feelings. The slickness or texture of paint, the softness of cloth, the torn edge of paper are all important. Each has a language that has its own definition to the relationship of all the other stimuli around it. Just like having too many browser windows open, its contextual framework is changed and reordered depending on the viewer, the location that the work is in, and all the moves within the work of itself.
- I was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1981) and have worked in the trades most of my life. (except right now i am a public school teacher) In my hometown, the images of cowboys and outdoorsy types dominate the cultural landscape. My first pair of shoes were a pair of cowboy boots (which I still have). Within these influences lies a simplicity and love of the readily available. Also seemingly as simple as the act of making something with one's hands, my life of working in the construction trades has helped me to appreciate a thing that is made with love and attention.
- I received my BFA in painting from the University of Colorado Denver in 2013 and my MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2015. I have shown work in Denver, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia. My work is in the collection of American Campus Communities in Philadelphia. I was a member of the Big Picture Artist Discussion Group in Colorado Springs, CO, founder of Art Imitates Life discussion group at the now closed Buexijo Gallery in Denver, CO, and co-founder of Automat Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. I currently live and work in Oklahoma City.