MFA (Painting) 2019 - San Francisco Art Institute

BFA (Painting & Drawing) 2015- Louisiana State University 

Artist Statement: 

Thinking about the anthropocentric ideologies of the past century, I give eyes to the world around me. Not resources for use, they are vibrant happenings. I paint and sculpt the consciousness of the world as an enchanting biotic community. Plastic materials provoke and complicate to subvert the image further into the complex depths of interconnection and recent decades of production and destruction in the name of human convenience.

Through dynamism in my mark making, materials, and colors, I invite the viewer into my worlds of organic chaos. Integrating layers and bridges between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional allows for expansion within immersion.

These environments I create contain symbols . The eyes bring awareness and a consciousness to the scene, allowing the energies from plant and animal life, water, rock formations, storms, etc., to be aware of themselves and the viewer—linking to Aldo Leopold’s concept of the “biotic community”—switching these energies from exploitable materials into equal members in our communities. By creating maximal, immersive atmospheres, filled with enchantment and vibrancy, I draw the viewer in, then staging for a dialogue about our connection to and influence on the “Natural”.