I have been painting and drawing since childhood. I majored in art during high school at Sheridan High in Sheridan Wyoming. I continued my education at 30 years of age at the University of Vermont 1993-1998 where I studied Psychology as a major and Studio Art and Art history as a double minor. From 1998 to 2002, I obtained a MS in Psychology. In 2010 I studied at the Art Institute of Boston at Leslie University Boston for two semesters Painting. In the spring of 2012 I studied painting at Goddard College at Fort Wordan in Washington state for one semester. Currently painting and drawing in Lake Charles Louisiana.
Torn between the sublime beauty of the landscape and the search of the true human spirit through portraiture, my recent works are a closer look into the beauty of nature and of human beings. By combining the disciplines of Psychology and Art I’ve develop paintings reflecting deeper meaning of nature and of humans.
In my work with the human subject I work from a critical perspective of the subject’s subconscious, or an attempt at such, in order to allow the viewers an experience of the subject not otherwise presented. My goal is to expose the true inner beauty of a subject in the ultimate portrait.
My work with nature can be seen as a battle between mankind and the reclamation of objects into nature. Rooted in Abstract-Expressionism and contemporary Abstract art my work depicts the moving through nature with man made objects taking a view of the non-understood environmental relations and close-ups of natural objects otherwise un-seen by a passing viewer. By finding a way to allow others to see this nature through my art as, I perceive it, is seeing the beauty in objects otherwise ignored.
The sublime can be found in a pile of beach gravel or sand. It can be seen by looking at the stems of a tropical house plant. I do this by reflecting on the sublime in nature and pushing this through color on canvass or board in an abstract-expressionism style.
My influences in the making of my work stems from the work of the following artists; Nicolas De Staël, Henri Mattise, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Joan Snyder, John Walker, Santiago Sierra, Chuck Close, Paul Klee, Lucian Freud, Susan Rothenburg, William DeCooning, Jackson Pollok and Mark Rothko just to name a few.