I am interested in making both expressive portrait drawings and nonobjective paintings. I enjoy the variety and freedom that these two seemingly opposed creative avenues afford me, and I am always surprised at how unexpectedly one genre can inform and inspire the other.
My abstract paintings are about working out a balance between simplicity and complexity. I see this kind of artmaking as a way to better understand the physical and the spiritual...the ephemeral and the eternal. My nonobjective paintings are usually approached through the layering of gestural strokes and textures combined with hard-edged organic shapes in an effort to find a provocative interaction of forms and ideas. In most of these paintings, I attempt to render both flatness and dimension simultaneously. This investigation to about trying to better understand the parts of the physical world that are easily seen & apparent, while also acknowledging those equally real parts of our spiritual existence that are not fully understood.
I am a painter and Visual Arts teacher at a public school in western Pennsylvania.
B.S in Art Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.Ed. in Art Education, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
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