2013 B.F.A. with a focus in Painting
In my series of large abstract paintings “Infinite Imaginings” I express visually the construction of thought in a way that language cannot through an inventive and improvisational process of changing the painting over time while merging influences from mid-20th century art movements, especially Abstract Expressionism and the Pattern and Decoration movement, with the modern day commercial art forms of advertising and design graphics. This intuitive and reactionary painting process results in a visual dialogue on the canvas between expression and precision; the spaces I develop allow expressive action which cannot be anticipated in advance to share a surface with premeditated qualities seen in careful and clean, decorative lines. These two aspects are developed through the interactions of bold colors, varied brushstrokes, and a mix of geometric and organic lines.
I desire to attract the attention of viewers from varying demographics through the vibrant colors and elements of design in my work. This interest drives me to look to modern day graphics promoted by internet culture as well as other forms of art such as tattoos, graffiti, advertising and poster design. It is important that my paintings be visually appealing and easily and widely accessible, but to impress upon the viewer a possibility for a deeper meaning like the ideas inherent in the Abstract Expressionist works.
The dialogue I direct is not only visual: it originates from ineffable thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Memory, time and space are connected through numerous layers of paint and ideas until the piece is resolved, in some cases by covering paintings that are years old. My paintings go through a multiple stage process; for example, Memories-a-Slippin’ and I’ll Tie the Knot…Not are reworked pieces that I have previously considered finished. The surface that I create through this evolving process connects a space from the past to the present, and portends an indefinite future.