I create figurative oil paintings and mixed media works on paper that synthesize contemporary and classical techniques. They contain an undulation between realism and abstraction created through gestural mark-making and layered glazing. In these paintings I utilize the idea of obfuscation to transform the figure into a strong, yet fragmented presence. My aim is to merge the forms of the subject with the plasticity of the painted surface. The images constantly shift to deny a window-like viewing of the piece and marry together illusion with the physical act of painting. My intent is the create a lush, visceral painting that people can connect to, and perhaps, feel themselves in. My work grows from themes such as disappearance and the grotesque.
New York Academy of Art
Master of Fine Arts, 2015
Maryland Institute College of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2011