I have a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Taylor University in Indiana and have studied painting/drawing at Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy and at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Additionally, I have a Master's degree in Art Therapy, which has encouraged an integration of emotion and intimacy in my creative process.
My materials play an important role in my creative process. I work primarily on wood panels built by my father, constructed from recycled hollow-core doors. After priming them, I use black ink and/or graphite which offer definition, boundaries, and suggestions, and sets the stage for the incorporation of acrylic. I then add layers of color. In my art I attempt to visually convey emotion and relationship, telling stories through shape, line, and color.
I have always been drawn to layers in soil, patterns in rock, the visual interaction between natural objects. There is a soothing element in repetition, and an unsettling element in fragmentation; both exist simultaneously in nature. I am drawn to creating abstract landscapes as a representation of life. Life holds many varying elements in tension; conflicting emotions often co-exist. Our reality as human beings is never all-good or all-bad—rather we experience both in chorus. Love and loss, hope and pain are part of daily human existence.
I have also been incorporating structures into my most recent works. These architectural forms are an exploration of urban life, relationships and conversations. They are structurally impossible, yet intriguing and intended to be magnetic in their aesthetic appeal. They represent the concept of beauty in imperfection, and are intended to invite consideration and dialogue.