Member Since: July 2009
My art arises from equal parts planning and accident, pattern and variation, technique and experimentation. Though I might describe my work as abstract, I often begin with images and ideas in mind before the work takes control. My art pulls referen... more
|Artist Statement:||My art arises from equal parts planning and accident, pattern and variation, technique and experimentation. Though I might describe my work as abstract, I often begin with images and ideas in mind before the work takes control. My art pulls references from what I’ve half seen—the maps, cells, logos, machinery, graffiti, foliage, calligraphy, peeling paint, and building faces our minds absorb daily and promptly forget.
My primary medium is pen and ink, but I classify most of my work as mixed media because I also often use liquid watercolor, watercolor pencils, pastels, glazes, colored paper, and silver and gold paint. I employ stencils and resist techniques reminiscent of batik to enhance the effects of these media.
I try not to work in a consistent palette, but I invariably return to vivid colors. I hope the paintings create a strong impression from across a room. I also want viewers to discern hidden complexity when they examine the art closely and find unexplored passages, serendipitous juxtapositions, confused layers, and strange overlaps.
|Education:||I have an MFA, but it's in writing, poetry specifically. My art training has been haphazard—unlearned as much as learned. I see myself as more instinctive than polished. An Outsider Artist? Maybe, but I'm not crazy about labels.|
|Exhibitions:||2002 Tower Hill School (Group)
2006 Latin School of Chicago (Solo)
2008 Pairing Writing and Art: Latin School of Chicago (Group)
|Artistic Influences:||Sam Francis, Stanley Hayter, Serge Poliakoff, Mark Tobey,
|Artist Tags:||intuitive art, abstract, vivid colors, graffiti, mixed media, outsider art|