My primary process is transforming individual images or objects into complex and meaningful compositions. Collecting found objects has been an interest of mine my entire life. Collecting allows me to be open to new discoveries while searching for specific materials. In my work, chance and control have weight in the evolution of my ideas. I draw from a large body of material including photography, printed media, toys, and textiles.
The Zoot Gallery pieces that I will be showing were inspired by a collection of images from a number of eras. The subjects are often taken out of their original context, allowing them to be open to a number of interpretations ranging from the sacred to the profane, depending on the viewer. I strive to create work that is compulsive in detail, although at a greater distance the image unifies into an ideal of some sort. As you approach, the images are exposed as illusions. Each image has its own story and significance to me, but I prefer to allow the viewer to engage in the work and become complicit in its meaning.
1993-1997 BFA Rhode Island School of Design
1999-2000 Art Center College of Design (2 Semesters)
2002-2005 MFA Program, Montana State University (MSU)
Artist Professional Experience
Instructor of Record, Art Fundamentals, MSU Bozeman
Adjunct Professor, Color Theory & 3-D Design, MSU Bozeman
Substitute Teaching Experience – Drawing, Painting, Design