I am originally from California, but I grew up in Texas. After college, I moved around quite a bit, spending time in The Netherlands, Colorado, California and New Mexico. I am currently living in the Portland, Oregon area. Each of these places has, in various ways, influenced my work. However, I believe New Mexico has had the most profound impact and continues to be a source of inspiration.
I hold a BFA in painting from West Texas A&M University.
I am a painter and image maker. The making of things is something I am compelled to do. In my head, runs a constant stream of images and ideas. Those that keep appearing; those that smolder and steep in my mind are translated into paintings or photo-based works. I start with a plan for each image; however, this plan often changes dramatically while the piece is in progress.
I work primarily with acrylics on canvas. My recent paintings are surrealistic portraits of the human figure. For me, they explore ideas of love, death, subjective reality and spiritual transformation. I believe that each character has a tale to tell, but the paintings reveal only a fragment of each story. My goal is to allow any meaning one may find in an image to evolve over time due to the mutability of individual truth and experience.
In another mode of expression, I have been experimenting with photography and making cyanotype prints, which are made using a full size negative and sunlight. The imagery is often influenced by my fascination with religious iconography and the redefinition of objects that can occur when seen out of context.