Life is a balancing act. We fill our lives with family, work, school, and self. Finding a healthy balance between all these aspects of our life requires lots of effort and practice. Then just when you think it is under control, life throws a curve ball. The unexpected and uncontrollable experiences in life keep things interesting, while the routine keeps us sane. By accepting the good with the bad we can create a rich, fulfilling life.
Like in life, I look for the same balance between the good, bad, and unexpected in painting. I start my paintings with uncontrolled processes, such as gouging the painting’s surface, attaching splintered wood, and pouring melted wax onto the painting. This creates a balance problem for me to solve. Then, considering the visual elements, such as value and color, I use processes that I can control, brushing, scraping, and rubbing paint on the surface, to glaze the surface and create a visual equilibrium. By embracing the unexpected and exercising control while painting, the surface of the work becomes rich and stimulating.
Utah Valley University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2011
The University of Utah
Master of Fine Arts, 2013