I am currently working on an ongoing body of landscape paintings that includes both the overlooked spaces that we encounter every day, and the picturesque landscapes we expect to see in a painting. I have an affinity for strong linear compositions, telephone wires, and images that recede into the distance. I hope these perspectives encourage a consideration of what lies beyond, as well as an honest depiction and experience of a place.
After focusing on smaller plein air (on site) paintings, I have shifted my attention to reproducing these paintings as larger studio iterations and deconstructions. The way in which I go about depicting these spaces does not adhere to exactness, but rather focuses on a truthful dialogue between observing and responding to my visual senses. This analytical way of breaking up a scene into blocks of color and putting them back together is both fun for me, and hopefully enjoyable for the audience to get lost in as well. Although most of my work is very colorful I have also recently been experimenting in more subtle tones and black and white.
I have been painting since high school and earned my BFA from the University of Oregon in 2010. Over the past 8 years as an exhibiting artist I have been awarded many honors, most recently being selected as Best Oil/Acrylic Painting at the 2018 Carmel Plein Air Competition, Best Plein Air in Cannon Beach Oregon, and 3rd place in Last year’s Ocean Shores Annual Art exhibit.