As I sit between a world of education just behind me and the sprawl of possibility in front of me, my work in the last three years has dealt primarily with memory and location. I have been thinking about a more general understanding of a “landscape,” and how our places are shaped by repetition, imperfection, and extracted ideas. My process is a chain of discoveries made by “drawing the drawing,” a phrase and working model that I use to understand the derivative nature of visual experience. My pieces are drawn from each other, about each other, and with each other in mind. For visual reference, I use photographs from meaningful places, mostly from my past. I’m slowly introducing patterns and icons to connect and expand the scope of my pieces. To keep my ideas fresh, I’ve been switching between media, but my practice is centered around large-scale oil and crayon on paper and canvas, graphite and charcoal drawings, and heavily manipulated monoprints.
My work is a slow search for the Sacred and Beautiful. I make paintings, prints, and drawings that extract and live on their own. I’m enthralled by the parts of the human experience that are mysterious, and I view my artistic role as an explorer. I frequently reference spiritual vocabulary, archetypal forms, and images extracted from nature to declare a universal, grand existence. I’m drawn to the intersection of ritual and experimentation, hoping that language fails to adequately describe the art, rejoicing when I can’t retrace my steps. My working principle is to “draw the drawing,” by extracting from previous pieces, so that my marks and forms have a lifespan that mimics my human experience and memory. My art is an effort against the cynicism and pettiness of the Information Age. With an eye towards artists who balance sincerity with vigilance, I’m guided by the past art of Twombly, Rothko, and Frankenthaler, and the contemporary work of Makoto Fujimura, Julie Mehretu, and Anselm Kiefer, among many others.
Veil XII, or Yawn, Monotype, 41 x 29 inches
Eternal Vision I "A Shift Between Worlds", Monotype, 41 x 29 inches
Meadow Rain, Monotype, 21 x 29 inches
Gently into the Morning, Monotype, 29 x 21 inches
Untitled Dream, Monotype, 29 x 41 inches
Radiance Suite No. 3, Monotype, 29 x 21 inches
Alpha, Monotype, 29 x 41. inches
'Goshen' or Floating the River, charcoal, gesso and oil on canvas, 36 x 60 inches
SOLD - 'Goshen' or Summer Stream, 2000, oil on canvas, 34 x 46 inches
SOLD - 'Goshen' or Rock of Ages, 2018, oil and oil pastel on canvas, 36 x 60 inches
SOLD - 'Goshen' or The Valley Turn, oil and oil pastel on gessoed paper, 22 x 3o inches
SOLD - Goose Creek Trail or Stinging Nettle, 2018, Graphite, Acrylic, oil and oil pastel on gessoed paper, 42 x 60 inches
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