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Painting is a language that is forged out of confronting risk and the inevitable process of building and destroying. I am interested in spaces and layers, and how both painting and the photographic image are used to affect perception. I use drawing in my paintings as a way to create lines, edges, and layering through erasure and recovery, reflecting thought process continuing over time, like a palimpsest.

The series Disaster is a group of paintings where I use photographs of disaster events or their aftermath as a reference for compositional structure, then overlay that foundation with personal imagery that explores abstracted landscape spaces. Each of the disaster images, sourced from open media, provides access to moments that have not been widely seen before our era of ubiquitous photography. The pictures contain subjects that are beautiful and traumatic, essential and horrific. The disaster imagery provides a painted framework that is both revised and obliterated with my continued painting, and eventually transformed with new meaning, often with remnants of the original image remaining. This process refers more broadly to the way trauma forces disruption and creates a framework that can lead to an evolution of renewal and replacement that is built upon it.

I have extensively photographed the Virginia forest and rural landscape around my home in both digital and Polaroid formats. I have been working on several series of digital photographs using alternative processes that explore perception. The photographs present moments obscured by blur, fog, or reflections, allowing the viewer to suspend the need to define what is before them. The images compress and abstract close and distant perspectives, collapsing spaces while shifting attention to the camera’s process, which can capture an image that is different than what is seen by the human eye. Those 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. 

I have an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. I worked at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles as an art handler and Curatorial Associate. I owned an eponymous business from 2011-2018 designing and producing wheel-thrown pottery that was sold in over 30 online and retail shops in the US and internationally. My work includes Polaroid and digital photography, printmaking, ceramics, and painting.

Rural horizon photograph
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