University of Cincinnati, 1986, MFA painting
Texas State University-San Marcos, 2000, specialization metalsmithing
I'm a native Texan. I have lived in Texas most of my life, sans the years in Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati, a year in the mountains outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the months I spent in Recife, Brazil as a teenager. For 14 years I taught art in the Texas State University system. I left teaching in 2014 to explore life as an artist. I paint, draw, and make fine art jewelry. I also maintain a small cattle ranch in my “spare” time.
I enjoy traditional media, but tend to experiment with materials and imagery to enhance tactile, conceptual, and visual qualities in my work. I'm very interested in the conflicting use of image and pattern and how the passage of time distorts ones perception of reality.
These most current graphite and acrylic pieces are a decorative experiment in juxtaposing modern patterns with vintage images in an attempt to confuse memory and emotions.
Snippets, Surfaces, and Shallow Pleasantries
It occurs to me that a large proportion of ones reality exists as a conglomerate of fleeting and possibly distorted memories that surround, inhibit, incite, consume, and sometimes inspire the moment to moment. The smallest or most isolated memory can be the thing that shifts and informs responses from day to day. Those compressed and flickering pictures become a contemplation and celebration of personal history. Beauty and ugliness, fear and abandon, longing and pure satisfaction are exposed. These visceral notions force their way into my drawings and paintings celebrating both past and present. Truth is raw curiosity of existence and a life exposed to the whim of worlds both inside the mind and one built from negotiable perceptions.