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. The end result often falls into a category of some sort of visual hybrid. When I create I move back and forth between drawing, painting, and sculpture. Which often times happens within one piece of work.
I have spent a large part of my life traveling. Whether it was for work, pleasure, or commuting to school it has always seemed to be a significant part of my day. Unlike most people I know, it has always been a part of my day I look forward to. This interest in travel and the never ending back and forth movement has always been a core concept within my work and is expressed through my use of line. Whether it is two dimensionally drawn or three dimensionally created, it is the main form of expression I use to visually and mentally tie together my work. It can be the main focus of a piece, divide a space, bring multiple areas together, create a physical path for the viewer, or a line of sight to engage external elements.
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, juxtaposition, and failure.