The images I make are like quick glances. They are fragmentary, little moments made monumental. My paintings are about memory and interpretation, where light and nature play a pivotal role. They reference twentieth-century American Modernist painting as well as Japanese and Chinese landscape painting. I am especially interested in the differences between traditional Eastern and Western sensibilities concerning the artist’s relation to nature and the approach to perspective. This is contrasted in my work by a more instinctive visual vocabulary which comes from contemporary culture: design magazines, advertisements, and architecture to name a few.
My natural inclination is toward variety and exploration, the discovery of fresh painting moments, simplicity, and sophisticated color. I want my colors to be like standing in a snow storm in a forest at dusk or like being in a landscape looking into the sun. There is an overall glow or glare that forces the viewer to take an extra second to see the image. It is more about understanding the differences in the colors than their similarities. But more importantly, there is an emotion associated with being in those spaces at those moments that I want to capture in my paintings.
Artist Bio / CV
2009 Inliquid 10 x 10 Benefit, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA -- Orisons: Enduring Promise, Messiah College, Grantham, PA -- Back On My Feet, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA -- Colorevolution: A Matter of Light, SAGE Projects, 333 South St., Philadelphia, PA -- Purpose/Repurpose, SAGE Projects, 333 South St., Philadelphia, PA.
2008 Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2008, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. Curated by Bill Scott.
2007 Collages, Mozaic, Philadelphia, PA (Solo) -- AltGeo: Loosened Structures for Line and Color, Green Line Café, Philadelphia, PA. Curated by Douglas Witmer -- Eighth National Arts Program Exhibit for City of Philadelphia Employees in City Hall
2006 Cut it Out! Da Vinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA.
2005 A Sense of Place, Peng Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Solo) -- Sixth National Arts Program Exhibit for City of Philadelphia Employees in City Hall -- Window on Broad, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA -- Selections from the Peng Gallery, Peng Gallery, Philadelphia, PA -- Silent Auction, Print and Picture Dept., Free Library of Philadelphia.
2004 Peng Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (Solo) -- Night of 1000 Drawings, Artists Space, New York, NY -- Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2004, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
2003 XX/20 Vision: Intaglio Prints, Visions Gallery, Albany, NY -- Works on Paper, Perkins Center for the Arts, Moorestown, NJ -- Fourth National Arts Program Exhibit for City of Philadelphia Employees in City Hall -- Silent Auction, Print and Picture Dept., Free Library of Philadelphia.
2000 City University of New York, Queens College, M.L.S.
1997 State University of New York, Purchase College, M.F.A.
1992 Messiah College, Grantham, PA, B.A.