I adore abstraction, a place where nothing is obvious, straight-on, or predictably duplicated. In the studio I am searching for both structure and fluidity, for containers and boundaries I can slip. I am constantly learning new visual languages while willfully working to destroy them. It is confusing, often liberating. I am most satisfied with my work when it feels foreign to me and I cannot reproduce it, and such satisfaction is rare. To my amusement, my work often reflects an optimistic, mid-century modern aesthetic and a sense of layered, continuous motion.
Music is an important part of my studio experience and inspiration. It is not unusual for me to use the rhythm and structure of specific songs in composition, and fragments of lyrics show up in my titles and penciled onto my paintings.
Writing is integral to my creative process and I often alternate visual art production with abstract writing. You can read my writing by subscribing to Northern Gray Dispatches, an email letter I write without commitment to regularity.
Currently I am repurposing my earlier work into abstract figural pieces while also experimenting with more emphasis on negative space. I am also gathering a community of abstract artists for discussion, creative growth, and scholarship.