I am an artist living in Virginia. I am influenced by the local landscape and focus my work around rural landscape, forest, and the poetry of nature.
Painting is a language that is forged out of confronting risk and the inevitable process of building and destroying. It is a kind of mirror. I am interested in liminal spaces within landscapes, and how both painting and the photographic image is used to affect perception or how and what we see. My work refers to materiality and aspects of life such as loss and growth, and the images serve as a reflection of internal experience, expressing symbols and metaphor.
The series Disaster is a group of paintings where I use photographs of disaster events or their aftermath as a reference for the compositional structure, then overlay this foundation with personal imagery that explores the local mountain landscape. Each of the disaster images are sourced from open media, and provides access to moments that have not been widely seen before our era of ubiquitous photography. The images contain subjects that are beautiful and traumatic, essential and horrific. The framework of disaster imagery, as I continue to paint, is eventually both revised and obliterated with original imagery, transformed with new meaning, often with remnants of the original image remaining. This process refers more broadly to the way trauma forces disruption, which can lead to an evolution of renewal and replacement that is built upon it.
I have extensively photographed the Virginia mountain forest and rural landscape around my home in both digital and Polaroid format. These images, along with found images, are frequently used in the paintings as collage or collage-like elements that work both as an image disruptor and completer. Various parts of the paintings are points of visual focus. This mirrors the photographic process itself, which is a method of capturing selected images from a place, then usually, placing them and viewing them in a new context. These placements start to form a narrative, and amid areas of clarity and ambiguity, objects and patterns emerge.
My art practice has not taken a linear road. My work includes Polaroid and digital photography, printmaking, ceramics, and painting, and I have shown my work in each of those media. I have an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles; have worked as an art handler and curatorial associate at a contemporary art museum; and have owned a business designing and producing wheel-thrown pottery.