are not portraits per se. The woman is a character symbolizing the memories and contemplations we all carry with us. She’s young and exotic, but flawed and familiar. To articulate a pure thought is difficult, and she recognizes this. She is somewhat innocent, but at the same time a veteran to experience. Her opinions, judgments, beliefs, views and feelings are mysterious because they will change. Nothing remains the same. What is beautiful and joyous in one moment may remain that way in memory, but then it is only a memory. Dark colors and detailed attire are intended to hint at the timelessness of the Renaissance style. Her elongated features remove the possibility that we have ever actually met her, intentionally protecting her anonymity. She is within you, and within me. Her thoughts are ambiguous and open to interpretation. The inclusion of other iconic symbols, such as birds, flowers or keys suggest to the viewer that there is more to analyze. All of my canvases are saturated with layers and translucencies in oil and wax. The imagery is put down and delicately distressed away, lending the paintings an aged quality, as though the story the painting tells has been around for some time.
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1988