My work deals with the abstraction of gesture, color, layers, and shadows to push and pull the space within my canvas to create an artistic narrative. In my pieces I seek to understand the human relationships and interactions we encounter and experience every day, and how those connections shape us. Sometimes dreamy, sometimes more serious, I utilize inspirations from beloved novels, memories, the intensity of communication and the narratives around us to guide my work. Although I predominantly work in oil painting and encaustic painting, I will utilize mediums in mixed media, photography and sculpture, depending on the necessary narrative.
My goal in creating these works is to become an artistic narrator, creating an emotional response in the ways the colors and gestures float across the canvas, in a carefully curated way, much the same way an author writes text. Creating a narrative work for me allows for this story to be told. My hope in creating work in such a way is that my viewers can connect their own unique experiences to my work, creating personal connections with them. These curated experiences are seen especially in my abstract oil pieces, but more literally in my “Blood Child” series. It is within these series I take on a new interpretation of a lifetime of communication, miscommunication, yearning, anguish and the portrait of a person in one piece. My work is continually inspired by artists such as Joan Snyder, Mark Rothko, Gregory Crewdson, Cy Twombly and Clyfford Still.
I received my BA in Studio Art from Denison University in 2013, and since then, have showcased work in Philadelphia, Granville, OH and Martha’s Vineyard. I currently reside and work in Philadelphia.