Everything on the surface isn’t what is seems to be. It is a method of social survival through revealing and masking portions of ourselves and is the core of my work. My work emphasizes that specific aspect of the human condition that lives in all of us. The condition of building one’s self through exposing specific parts of our identity or appearance, while keeping others deeply hidden.
The condition of finding new applications of our interior characteristics amid the constantly changing exterior world. Experiences, time, and cultural shifts are all influencing factors that become layers in my paintings. Through found objects from the domestic and personal domain as a substrate and inspiration, my work becomes evidence that our past will always be a part of our present in order to formulate our future.
My work emphasizes the tactile quality of paint, and the notion of paintings as physical beings. Ultimately the paintings create a way to draw close attention to the unique topographical modulations of each surface, which encourages the viewer to engage in an intimate experience of observation. By provoking my audience to reevaluate their relationship to viewing, I confront the typical relationships we have to image, architecture, environment and identity. I translate the physical experience, information of my surroundings, and experiences into the appropriate dimension for each piece.
My work developed its foundation in the tradition of painting and is now invariably moving into the language of sculpture. I enjoy walking and blurring the line between artistic genres. I capitalize on calling attention to the difference between materials in each layer and the distortion of depth of field. This examination of difference allows the viewer to investigate their own personal layers and how they are viewed from the exterior.
I maintain an open approach to creative exploration, giving myself agency to mix and remix materials, themes, and content. Being a process driven artist, I view my creative practice as a scientific experimentation. Exercising the right balance of control and variables permits a visual tension in my work of what is seen and unseen.
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Low Residency Master of Fine Art 2015-Present
Year Two Student, Concentration in Painting and Sculpture
Ohio University, Athens, OH
Bachelor of Fine Arts Art Education, 2007
Concentration in Painting and Ceramics, cum laude honors
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 and Awards
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, 2015, 2016
PSO Friend of Education 2014
Cleveland West Art League Member 2014- Present
Cleveland Clinic eXpressions Teacher Training 2014
OEA, OAEA, NAEA Member, 2012-Present