I am currently in my first year at Ohio University in their 3 year MFA program with a focus in painting. My most recent body of work is a series of large 9'x7' paintings. My imaginative landscapes are both surreal as well as pastoral. I am activating these spaces through pattern and perspective. I have an interest in play between color, shape and complex systems. I feel like it is important to highlight these relationships, drawing attention to shared biological qualities across species and land formations, so they do not go unnoticed. There is an element of seduction through the use of color or noncolor which indicates whimsy, but does not indicate the pieces are less serious. These pieces give me permission to be human while creating passageways of play. There is a two-fold viewing experience. The viewer’s eye is drawn in while standing back and taking in the entirety of the landscape, then the viewer is rewarded when they step through the proverbial looking glass to more closely inspect the tremendous detail. There is a lasting power in holding drama and craft from close up versus from a distance.

Cave Talk

Cave Talk

Acrylic on canvas 12'x7'

Non-home

Non-home

Acrylic on canvas 9'x7'

Landform

Landform

Acrylic on canvas 9'x7'