All of my work is based on landscape imagery I collect while rummaging around in the woods with a hardy, inexpensive point-and-shoot digital camera. Subjects include wild areas in which I have recently spent time, including Wyoming, Montana and Upstate New York. My paintings range from the very large to the very small and are all oil on canvas or panel. I create my work in the studio, referencing the photographs I take and download onto my laptop screen. I find working in the studio from a photo allows me to have enough distance from the original scene to allow me to impose more of my own psychology and color onto the raw material of the collected image.
In my work as a whole, I am interested in exploring the in-between states of painting. I enjoy the contrasting feelings of anxiety and relief that occur from pairing areas of dense hyper-detail with areas of light breathe-ability. Tree branches twist and writhe, color turns acidic, and sky flattens to meet form and then deepens back into space again. Snippets of saturated under-painting peek out and are left raw. Animism, personification and deformity creep in as well, creating a final puzzle-locking composition that confuses the appearance of flatness and space, invented color and natural color, and dark menace and sparkling beauty.
In addition to my painted body of work, I am working with mechanical pencil on paper to create a group of works featuring scenes of trees in nature. Each image allows me to explore in detail the indiosyncracies of natural form, including every protruding knot and sheet of scaly bark. These details, combined with an overall feeling of visual silence and gravitas, inspire the entire body of work. Sources for the drawings include a forest fire charred landscape in Montana, and a group of birch trees in upstate New York.
Born 1973, New Orleans, LA
Lives and works in Upstate NY
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Master of Fine Arts, Graduated May 2001
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graduated 1995
SOLO & TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY "Huldra"
Packer Schopf Gallery, Chicago, IL "The Devil's Dream"
Studio B, Three Oaks, MI, "The Devil's Dream"
PS 122 Gallery, New York, NY "Out of This World," two-person exhibit with Diane Carr
RowlandContemporary, Chicago, NY "Mud Season"
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
Ucross Foundation Gallery, Ucross, WY, "In the Presence of Trees"
Nicolaysen Art Museum, Caspar, WY, "Ucross: Twenty-Five Years of Visual Arts Residencies"
Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, "The Big Show 5"
MP5, Portland, OR "I Want to Feel at Home Here," curated by Megan Scheminske
Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY, "Black and White"
Gallery Satori, New York, NY, "Two Degrees of Separation," curated by Eun Young Choi
Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY, "Mix Tape," curated by Jeffrey Teuton
Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY, "Second Nature"
Glyndor Gallery at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, "Arbores Venerabiles," curated by Jennifer McGregor
Kleinert/James Art Center, Woodstock, NY “Byrdcliffe Pollack-Krassner Fellows,” curated by Portia Munson and Donald Elder
WCO Center, New York, NY "Flight of the Mechanical Butterfly," curated by Eun Young Choi
Metaphor Contemporary Art, Brooklyn, NY “Back to the Garden”
Kentler International Drawing Center, Brooklyn, NY "Observing the Edge," curated by Jennifer McGregor
Abrons Art Center at the Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY "Posing," curated by Andrea Cote & Joelle Jensen
Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY "Per Square Foot"
Black & White Gallery, New York, NY "En Plein Air: Reloaded"
Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY "Photography & Contemporary Tactics," curated by Meredith Wisner
AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY "Victorian Now"
3rd Ward Gallery, Brooklyn, NY "Summer Group Show"
Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY "7th Annual Benefit"
RowlandContemporary, Chicago, NY "Cold Cuts"
Dieu Donné Papermill, New York, NY "Shangri-La"
Pratt Institute. Brooklyn, NY "Narrations" - as part of "Project Diversity"
Naked Duck Gallery, Brooklyn, NY "Ladylike: Redrawing Feminism Now"
NURTUREart Gallery, Brooklyn, NY "Cracker: Re-Thinking the American South," curated by Kathleen Brady
Dieu Donné Papermill Inc., New York, NY "Good Fortune"
Asterisk, Brooklyn, NY "Manifesto, Art Without Consensus" curated by David Williams
Home, Queens, NY "Shangri-La" curated by Rita MacDonald
A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY "Generations.04"
2001 - 1991
Dieu Donné Papermill Inc., New York, NY "Take Out"
Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY "MFA Thesis Show" curated by Elizabeth Burke and Abby Messitte
Pierce Arrow Gallery, St. Louis, MO "BFA Painting Show"
Steinberg Gallery @ Washington University, St. Louis, MO "BFA Group Exhibition"
Bixby Gallery @ Washington University, St. Louis, MO "Photography Thesis Exhibition"
Center of Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO "CAJE: National Juried Printmaking Exhibition Fall 1991"
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