Most of my life has been spent quitting. It is actually quite a useful skill. I frequently become obsessed with ideologies and hobbies, only to quit them a short time later. I think it's this same skill that makes me a good artist. Much of my work is made by layering subjects, images, and compositions like a collage. I work this way digitally, as it allows me to more readily delete elements when I lose interest.
The paintings I make are inspired by these collages and tend to be a mixture of my feelings about each component. That's how life is for me as well. When I was in the military I loved the regiment and rigor of that life, but there was little creative outlet for me in that path. When I moved onto art and obtained my MFA with a focus on Craft, I brought with me that same love of rigor. Now, it manifests in my naturalistic painting and attention to detail.
My studio is in a small one-car garage, which has its drawbacks and its benefits. The downside obviously being the lack of space, while the upside is that I get to have all of my creative outlets crammed into one location. If that's not optimism for you, I'm not sure what it is. As the garage is detached from my house, I can hear my family playing in the yard and neighbors fighting, all as a chaotically banal backdrop to my painting and life.
The theme of my work is beginning to center on fantasy in an otherwise boring life. I live in suburbia now and I am very content in this environment. I love the regularity of the homes and the predictable cacophony of family noises. However, for me there is always an element of fantasy just beneath the surface of this environment. Most of my fantasies are the predictable variety of mystery and sexuality, though sometimes they move into the subtlety of an awkward gesture that has been worried away with paint until it is just right. I think the best sort of fantasies are so closely tied to reality that when they deviate we hardly notice moving off the rails.
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 2013
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Master of Fine Arts, 2015