I, like many artists, feel intensely and precisely, so if I spend too much time on any one piece, I feel like that emotion or message becomes dulled or evolves into something else. Depending on what I’m trying to communicate, that may be rewarding or considered a successful piece of work. The process is like a visual conversation with myself and the topic I am expressing. I typically don’t like to spend too much time on any one project, though. Acrylic paints on canvas is my main medium, but depending on my mood and the message, I may also use pens, markers, and watercolors to create illustrative or graphic images. My subjects are mainly portraits of people, using color and expressive brushstrokes to evoke a specific feeling in the viewer. These feelings are usually linked to the relationship I have with that person or what that person, real or fictional, embodies. It may be admiration, a wish or an exorcism of my own demons or shortcomings. One day, I hope to be able to create a niche style for myself, so that as I grow as an artist, I may break the rules I have set for myself and experiment beyond the realm of what I’ve been taught.
2013-15 Minneapolis Community and Technical College (Fine Art)
2015-present Metropolitan State University (Studio Arts)
2015 MCTC Fine Art Portfolio Show
2017 Intern experience at Metropolitan State University’s 2018 Student Salon (planning, preparation, hanging and labeling works, opening night support staff)