As an artist, I am deeply motivated to make art that touches people in the midst of the everyday—with a sensitivity that can transform, celebrate, and engage the redemptive qualities of metaphor for the profoundly personal and communal in people’s lives.
Once during a critique as an art student, I was asked if the art building caught on fire, which drawing would I grab off the wall while I was running to the door… I have often thought about this question as a way to measure how well I have done on a drawing. Time and again, I would reach to save the quicker, gestural drawings for the simple reason that they record a state of mind that foregrounds an empathetic response to the human body. These drawings are unrepeatable—my marks convey a sense of urgency, if not desperation to interrogate all that there is of the human figure in a very limited amount of time.
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Artist Bio / CV
My work has been exhibited in over seventy exhibitions, including at the South Dakota Art Museum, the Dahl Arts Center, the Nicolaysen Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have previously taught at Gustavus Adolphus College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the Denver School of the Arts, and Platt College. I currently teach drawing at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
My work is reviewed in Art in America, Sculpture, Architectural Record, and Public Art Review.