University of Texas at Austin, 2001, MFA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
I am inspired by objects that seem simultaneously natural and alien within their environments. Although diverse, ranging from decorative to destructive, these objects tend to have complex internal structures that both differ from and depend on their surroundings.
My studio process starts with models made out of craft materials. I take care to follow structural impulses suggested by those materials, while also keeping in mind what languages of painting will resonate with the textures of the source object.
Often exploring cubist and post-impressionist mark-making, I let the image develop slowly through a layering of shapes and gestures. The weaving and building of the painting's surface become almost an architectural experience. My hope is that my paintings become peculiar, intense objects built from everyday forms brought into unusual focus.
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