My paintings explore the edges of wonder and reality. I paint primarily in acrylics on wood or hardboard panels. I work both large and small, enjoying the variety and uniqueness of both scales. My work has been described as primitivist, surrealist, narrative, and folk-inspired.
I am motivated by a deep fascination of life, a need to explore the universe around me, and a desire to connect to this world and beyond. A love of fantasy/science fiction, poetry and folklore influence the story-like nature of my paintings.
One prominent theme in my work is the female face or form, often representing a surrogate for myself. I enjoy creating scenarios where characters or creatures are alone, paired as twins and/or exhibiting physical transformations. These surreal scenes convey other worlds where I can escape to process experiences, observations or obsessions.
A perennial source of inspiration for my work is vintage photos. Ever since I was little I have been drawn to these strange ancient-feeling images with their stoic faces which seem to transport me to another time and space. I imagine their lives and who they were. The timelessness of vintage portraiture seamlessly melds into my surreal daydreams, providing characters rooted in history.
Other reoccurring themes in my paintings are nature, home, family, science, space, escapism, patterns, curiosities and mimicry.
Painting challenges me to better myself, explore new places, stretch my thinking and expand my skills.
University of Minnesota Duluth
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2000