Throughout the past few years of my life, I have been confronted with a variety of unexpected situations that have tested my character and strength time and again. Despite the struggle to embrace these changes, I have harbored my time and energy into exploiting them for all of their advantages. Everything we do in life is characterized by both the good and the bad, and as humans we are responsible for both. Throughout my development as an artist, I have learned vast amounts from these experiences, using them as opportunities to grow and develop not only as an individual, but as an artist as well.
I have always been fascinated with the fleeting unpredictable ways of nature. People, things, and places come and go into our lives everyday, whether physically, spiritually, permanently, or just for a moment. In this respect I have attempted to evoke a sense of movement and dynamism into my drawings, demonstrating the one thing that we can be absolutely sure of, change. Many people look upon change as a very foreboding quality, especially in nature. The mere fact that no one can predict the future is quite unsettling in itself, however it should be considered in more than just a negative manner, and appreciated for the advantages it has to offer. The last year and a half of my life has been characterized by unprecedented death, disaster, and emotional turmoil. In my own way of confronting this unforeseen destruction, I have tried to impose my thoughts and feelings regarding death and decay into my work. I have integrated the power of nature with the more tangible, mechanical products of man in an effort to show that decay can often be a beautiful thing. While many often see it as a means to the end of existence, I believe that it tells a story. Life and death are continual processes that feed off one another, and it is important to consider them as more than just a beginning or an end, rather as a sort of metamorphosis. My work is intended to look past the seeming permanence of destruction in order to stimulate ideas and questions of what happened before and what is to happen next.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Dunedin, Florida in June of 1984. Graduation from Tulane University in May of 2006 with a BFA in drawing, BA in Spanish, and a minor in Art History. 2005 recipient of the Class of 1914 Prize in Art and 2006 recipient of the Marjorie Clark Ferguson Award in Art. Participant in the Syracuse University International Visual Arts Program in Barcelona, Spain during the summer of 2005. Exhibited in the Tulane University Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition at Carroll Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana in April of 2006. Member of the College Art Association, 2006 - Present.