My paintings are large in format. My medium is generally acrylic, often mixed with film, paper and found objects. I paint what I feel not what I see, using acrylics due to their quick drying time which allows me to layer my images. I mix gallons of black and white exterior house paints with my acrylics to erase and build color. I have always believed that natural shapes are perfect even with their sometimes imperfect appearance. I use them as a resource for my work.
I grew up in a small town in northern Indiana. Lived a humble but wonderful childhood, mostly outdoors. Each day brought a spirit of adventure filled with wonder.
In college, I had a counselor who told me that artists weren’t able to support themselves by painting alone, and encouraged me to focus on graphic design and marketing.
For fifteen years, I parked my passion for painting and worked to be the best graphic designer I could be. Even having created award-winning work, it still felt like something was missing. So I took that leap of faith and jumped back into my painting.
Twenty years later, I’m still painting. My work started out tightly realistic, but I found sanctuary in the abstraction where I could communicate so many things without completely exposing myself. Painting has allowed me to work through the weighted questions in life.