Broad strokes, bold shapes, rich texture, create the form, but more importantly expose the figure’s character. Gesture, posturing, and larger-than-life scale help provide insight on inner emotions and outer truths with the goal of bringing both power and vulnerability to the work. As viewers bring their experiences and emotions to their reactions to my painting, I seek to illicit an intuitive response from the viewer before they turn to a refined, analytical assessment.
Interested in the human condition, emotion is the intersection between wild like an animal and the analytical, self-assessing, moral being humans strive to be. In order to delve into the very nature of man’s code of conduct, personal conflict, and ethical dilemma, I use portraiture to explore relationships, to bring the political into the art world, and the obligation of being human into the conversation.
Maybe I shouldn’t have murdered all those people, but I just wanted the Falcon. Killing could have been a mistake.
Several small sketches of my subject create the foundation for my painting, seeking essence rather than detail. Never drawing on the canvas, the excitement builds as I stick a large palette knife into a pound of oil paint and slap it onto the canvas—a new beginning; a new challenge; a new opportunity to portray my version of the truth.
Series of installations using ceramic assemblages and 2D drawings explore our world’s ever-evolving environment: biological, social, political, economic. — in which we and all life exists. Quickly folding the clay brings a fullness to the forms; a sense of life, spontaneity, and vulnerability to the sculpture; ripping and tearing the clay to mimic the forces life encounters daily. Vibrant 2D drawings expand the boundaries of the clay-based sculptures to fully realize the concept.
Envision crossing the Arctic tundra and stumbling upon a new eco-resort, a land transformed by the heat of global warming, changing from an icy white to bursting with splashes of color and exotic new life. Evoking both fear and wonder, what will our future be in this rapidly changing world? Should we embrace it or run?
I became interested in anthropology to explore the universals across human societies, including imagery, icons, and symbols. Every culture creates their own totems to represent their values—aesthetic, spiritual, wealth, familial. My art tries to express the universal rather than culture specific, bringing contemporary aesthetics to long valued structures and forms that all cultures can recognize and reflect on.