I am an artist and designer currently based in Portland, Oregon. I studied film and communications at Antioch College with a concentration in sociology and queer studies.
I see my paintings as a visual exploration of ‘the self’ and the influences that shape us as social creatures. In this vein, I often touch on topics of body image, social justice, gender/queer issues, and the environment. I am fascinated by the use of strategic messaging and art as propaganda in political posters and advertising. My strongest artistic inspirations emanate from abstract expressionism, constructivism, minimalism, and pop art.
Through various mediums, I explore different avenues of thought. Painting with oils allows me time to play with the colors, shape and texture on the canvas. Through collage, I often reshape images and notions from popular culture to a message with more subversive connotations.
My art often spawns from a singular idea, whether a series of words or concept, a personal event or emotion. In my abstract work, my greatest challenge is in reducing visual elements to their most basic, iconic representation while allowing the complexity of the message to remain intact and experienced by the viewer.
What’s on the horizon?
I am currently working on several solo and collaborative projects. Keep in touch, and apprised of the latest. Subscribe to the news feeds or email newsletter, connect via the various social networking sites, or drop me a line!