My artistic practice is not governed by absolutes; my substance and process are flexible. For the most part, I utilize an inclusive color pallet with myriad techniques and materials to create works, mostly on paper, that address a concrete idea. However, there are times when my primary motivation is to exercise the fundamentals of composition to simply create an object of beauty. There is still value in a pretty picture, it can produce a moment of escape and for that reason remains a valid pursuit.
My more content-laden work responds to the fallibility and promise of humankind. Together with memories and their associated feelings, allusions (and editorializations) are made to the splendor of the natural world, contemporary land use, and modern society.
The direct, physical, aggressive methods I use to create these typically delicate works coincide with our treatment of the planet and its inhabitants. The action and fullness of the compositions reflect my mindset. Although the work is at times thematically “heavy”, my method is playful and intuitive. This embedded contradiction reinforces the often-conflicting ideas that inform my practice.
Whether the meaning is easily extracted, remains elusive, or is misinterpreted is less important than the sensory impact of the work. As human beings in the twenty-first century, we are confronted with many ugly distractions; my ultimate goal as an artist is to create beautiful ones.
I am an enthusiast of many things including music, film, food, animals, plants, environmental issues, and the Simpsons - I can still relate most real-life situations to specific scenes. I live in Minnesota with my favorite Sarah and our shaggy monster Maleah (pictured).