Artist Statement

I create three-dimensional paintings focused on public personas constructed from a variety of lived experiences. How we develop that specific personage is the result of concealing and revealing layers built up over time.

Each work is constructed with a specific figure in mind, both real and fictional. I strip down and build back up each painting’s unique and distinctive story, constructing their narrative within the walls of the paint.

I have an intuitive practice manipulating materials, primarily using discarded house paint and recontextualizing them into paint skins. Capitalizing on developing the textures and variegated hues within each paint skin, I work to build a visual connection to the tactile sense.


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Education 

2018, Low-Residency MFA, Studio Art San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2012, Continuing Education, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH 

2007, BFA, Art Education, Ohio University, Athens, OH 

Experience

Brecksville Broadview Heights High School, Broadview Heights, OH 

Faculty member in Fine Art Department, Fall 2012-Present 

Instructed over 150 students per year with five instructional preps including Drawing, Painting, Ceramics, Art Foundations, and Sculpture 

District Student Learning Objective Review Member

Predict, develop, and analyze data to inform instruction and student growth

Exhibitions 

First Come First Served, Fort Works Art, February 2018

Valdosta National, Dedo Maranville Gallery, January 2018

Beyond the Pedestal, Sculpture Center Cleveland, June-August 2017

Constant as the Sun, MOCA Cleveland, June-August 2017

Arbitrary Color, Foundry Art Center, January 19- March 3, 2017

Summer Hours, Diego Rivera Gallery, SFAI, July 2016

Temporal Topography, Cleveland West Art League Gallery, 78th Street Studios, October 2015

State of the Arts: Exhibition of Ohio Artist Educators, Ohio University, October 2014-2017

Awards and Publications

Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship Nominee

Brecksville Magazine Feature, Volume 29, January 2018

State of the Arts 2nd Place in Juried Competition, October 2017

New American Paintings, MFA Issue 129, 2017

Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 28, 2017

Root Division, MFA Now Print Edition, March 2017

PSO Friend of Education 2014

Professional Activities 

Artists Trust Cleveland Member, 2017

Cleveland West Art League Member 2014- Present 

Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Teacher Training 2014 

OEA, OAEA, NAEA Member, 2012-Present