In my 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. Such satisfaction is rare. To my amusement as a lover of sad-core post punk, my work often reflects an optimistic, mid-century modern aesthetic. A sense of layered, continuous motion is also characteristic of my paintings.
I apply paint with scrapers, palette knives, and invented implements, rarely using brushes. I enjoy painting on heavyweight Bristol paper, mounting the unfinished work onto board, and then selectively removing layers with an auto shop sanding block.
Music is an important part of my studio experience and it is not unusual for me to pencil fragments of lyrics onto my paintings. I have a fun side project creating album art and blurbs for fake rock bands, and a dream gig would be resident artist for KEXP’s live performances, translating the power and presence of the shows into visual work.
My current creative motto: When in doubt, move.
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