I was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1976. Growing up I was lucky enough to have frequent trips to the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Both filled me with wide-eyed excitement, and I loved going.
When I was young, upon seeing a Cy Twombly, I asked why there was a chalkboard in the museum. When told it was painted to look that way, it left an impression on me. It made me see the beauty in the abstract of everyday life. And when I saw Julian Schnabel’s plate paintings, I thought, “You can do that too?” But I think my favorite to this day is Miro’s “The King’s Jester” (Le Fou Du Roi). Seeing that painting as a child set the tone for the things in life I‘d be attracted to.
My work is process driven and tends towards the abstract and figurative.
Through the building up & removal of line & color I begin to see form and composition. I then pull images out and further refine them. I obsessively trace the images, repeatedly building and occasionally reducing the layers together through sanding and scraping. Incrementally I achieve a desired balance of tension and release, of scrutiny and spontaneity.