Artist's Statement | Biography

I am fascinated by the way that shadows fall across a person’s face and the way that light makes lines both hard and soft. My favorite subject to render is the figure. This is partly because I enjoy the challenge that it presents and the connection that people experience in figurative art. The face and the endless range of expressions it is capable of is something that I never get bored with. When viewing and making work, I have personally found that the figure and narratives are usually the most effective and interesting way to communicate through art. The themes that inspire me are, hope, restoration, beauty, transformation, forgiveness, and healing. My hope is to use these themes in my art without reproducing tired or cliché imagery. I would like my art to be like a good poem, meaning that I don’t necessarily want people to ‘get’ it at first glance, neither do I want it to be an unattainable statement of smug intellect. To express this somewhat hidden narrative I am always looking at the ways in which people use and interpret symbols, color, and composition. I am largely inspired by the post-impressionists for the ways in which they borrowed from the techniques of the impressionists and added their own particular concentrations of line, color, emotion, and expression.

I am enjoying the learning process of what it means to sit still with one idea and carry it through in multiple works of art. Experimenting with and moving beyond what my perceptions of the world are keep my creative juices flowing. I am an observer by nature and I think that is reflected in the details of my work. As an idealist I am always seeking to improve my work while making an effort to avoid letting my limited ideas of the moment squelch the full potential that God has for me. I know that there are deeper wells of creativity and possibility to be tapped into as I grow, explore, and discover.


Artist's Statement | Biography

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