My images are a search to find and hold what we cannot hold. They are a moment, a desire, a wish, or an impossible delusion.
I have always been an artist searching for the fragmented snapshot that is capable of touching archetypal places in my mind. I search for images that can be at once humorous, forbidden, uncomfortable, and familiar. My images can appear as if choreographed or as personal theater, a poetic verse, a harsh reality, a heavenly feeling – combining the “real” and the abstract, creating a psychological landscape. As an artist, I find myself constantly conflicted between the abstract idea and the reality of the finished and tangible product. These moments compel me to further explore, question, accept, and deny the realities of myself and the world I live in.
Artist Bio / CV
I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I have lived in Oklahoma, Texas and two years in Scotland. I attended Cameron University in Oklahoma where I received a BFA. I went on to study at the University of North Texas in Denton where I studied sculpture and was a TA. My work has been selected for exhibitions by noted jurors: Donald Kuspit, James Surls, Marilyn S. Kushner, Dr. Annegreth Nill, Paul Zeppelin, Shirley Kassman, William H. Giles, Marilyn Zeithlin, Mary Beebe, Ofelia Garcia, Fritz Scholder and Dave Hickey. I have received awards from various exhibitions.My work has been included in exhibitions including the , Hunting Art Prize, Houston, 2006, 47th Chautauqua National Exhibition of American Art, 2004, , Chautauqua Center for the Visual Arts, Chautauqua N.Y., Donald Kuspit, juror, Chautauqua, N.Y. June 2004, WAVE Group Exhibition at the Museum of Brno in the Republic of Czech, Museum of the Great Plains “Heart and Soul of the Great Plains, Lawton, Oklahoma, and the 28th Beaux Arts Ball, Dallas Museum of Arts, Dallas, Texas. I was also selected to show in the FORT SMITH ART QUEST 2000 Fort Smith Civic Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas January-June 2001 and to have a show with Beth Cartland in April 2002 at the Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, Oklahoma. I have also had solo shows including the Dallas Visual Art Center, Rose Learman Arts Center, Harrisburg, Pa., Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tn., Louisiana State University, Shreveport, La. 1992, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX. l992 and Illinois Central College, Peoria, Illinois l988Some publications that have included reviews are: The Lawton Constitution, The Leaf Chronicle, (Clarksville, Tenn.), The Dallas Observer, The Ft. Worth Star Telegram, Artifacts, The Times (Shreveport), The Buffalo News as well as various catalogues from juried exhibitions. I work from a studio in my home.