Northern Illinios University, 2006, B.F.A. in Painting
Full Sail Univerity, 1998, Associate of Science - 2D/3D Design/Animation
I create geometric abstractions that are influenced by mapmaking, architecture, movement, space, time, indetermination, and sarcasm. The resulting work spans a wide range of scales and materials. The smaller scale works are more intimate and help me maintain an active and productive studio practice while the larger works are more cerebral and use site and situation as a generative source when given the opportunity to be realized.
My drawings start with a basic sketch or paragraph of ideas that will guide me through my process as it gives way to an intuitive creation and editing of imagery. This system of addition and reduction allows me to magnify the unexpected and cover up my mistakes or accidents. I embrace the accident and allow it to help shape my compositions. By layering varied imagery through drawing, painting, cutting and constructing, a sense of fragmented time emerges which reveals a documentation of events.
Currently I am starting to embrace a larger perspective in what I am trying to achieve. I enjoy having a different projects going on at the same time. This allows me to retain a high level of interest in each work and help the progression of the creative process in each. Having a couple bodies of work or no clear boundary of the body of work makes more sense to me than limiting the work to one idea or concept. Most recently I have been questioning time and failure.