I strive to bring to life the inner workings of my soul, to visually articulate the struggle and triumph that rest beneath an assumed surface. My paintings examine the close relationship of physical position and the spirit
I am fascinated by interactions of light bursting through shadow, the two-dimensional emerging into living form, and color conveying depth of feeling and vitality. Some of my favorite conceptual themes are resistance and surrender, death as an avenue to life, and the small and mundane being a metaphor for the transcendent. My process brings together two realms; the seen and familiar and what is unseen, deeply internal and that which must be sought. Familiar portraiture collides with color, movement, and abstraction to reveal this relationship. The imagery of scars and thorns portray a very real struggle, yet the struggle has an opportunity to ascend, the scars grow over with soft skin, the thorns become crowned with gold.
Every image opens a small window to my own internal dialog. The rubbled mire and ache of the world converse with wonder. My deepest hunger and hope is for God Himself - hunger drives, hope ascends.
2014 BFA in Studio Art, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
2016 Open Studios Art Tour, Atelier 708, Paso Robles, CA
2014 BFA Exhibition, California Polytechnic State University Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2014 Annual Student Exhibition, California Polytechnic State University Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2013 Annual Student Exhibition, California Polytechnic State University Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2013 Art After Dark, Assets Studio, San Luis Obispo, CA
2012 Student Art Exhibition, Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
2014 Cal Poly Arts and College of Liberal Arts Award for Outstanding Work in Studio Art, California Polytechnic State University