My latest paintings from the Overview series are the result of collecting video of unwitting subjects from balconies, rooftops and bridges, digitizing them on computer and painting them on canvas in a style that can be best described as Pixelated Impressionism. Merging elements that artists have explored throughout the 20th Century: abstract naturalism, expressive realism, narrative painting, with 21st Century technology; digitized video, satellite surveillance and internet voyeurism, these paintings depict organic shapes of foreshortened figures forming dynamic relationships with their urban environments. Drawing from my childhood experience with a disease that left me unable to walk for several years, I obsessively combine video and paint to create overhead views of walking people captured on canvas, stop-action, mid-step in thick paint. I painstakingly select the exact frame of video that tells the story of each character and render the digital nature of each image in a painterly style depicting a privileged view of a private moment. The motion of these subjects is realized in thick paint as video scan lines and pixel artifacts creating a style of mark making that has never been seen before.
Otis College of Art and Design
Bachelor of Arts, 1989