Welcome to my web portfolio. This space is a platform for sharing thoughts and ideas that influence my paintings. If you don’t care about those thoughts and ideas, I hope you will enjoy taking a look at the paintings in the Portfolio section of the site.
As a recent graduate student, I have been in an exploratory mode for several years and sometimes feel overwhelmed with potential subject matter, themes and compositions. As a lover of literature, music, art, poetry, philosophy, social issues, cultural patterns and behavior, and all the amazing and strange things humans do, I find an abundance of material to serve as inspiration.
My thoughts, and therefore artwork, gravitate toward a handful of complex themes, which I strive to distill into thought-provoking images. One theme that fascinates me and seems to crop up in many of my pieces is the American diet and food manufacturing. Another theme is the idea of passing time and the ever-changing state of all people, places and things. Another thought behind the work is based on the idea that we all see ourselves differently than others see us and that we are each a collection of images and views rather than any person having one “true” self.
The human figures in my work, as well as the manmade structures, are partial images or are altered some way in an abstracted space. The contrast between representation of the figure and abstraction of the space allows me to forge meaning in what normally could be perceived as an ordinary or mundane image. This process elevates the mundane and allows me to appreciate the simple tasks, movements and actions of everyday life.