To get the most out of the materials I employ, I try and use them in a way that emphasizes what they are. If I am using paint, I want it to feel like paint. If I am using canvas, I want it to feel like canvas. In order to achieve this, I need to manipulate these materials in a way that provokes them into revealing as much of their inherent materiality as possible. Allowing the canvas to be trampled on, creased, crumpled, and marred with various substances from the studio floor—such as dirt, dust and oil—for me, makes it feel more like canvas. Similarly, paint can feel more like paint if misused. By permitting it to travel freely from one location to another, simultaneously sullying multiple surfaces at once, it unabashedly performs its most basic and natural function.
MFA, Washington University in St. Louis
BFA, Thomson Rivers University
Fine Arts Advanced diploma, Georgian College
Certificate in Art and Design, Durham College
Adjunct Instructor, Lindenwood University.
Graduate Teaching Assistantship: Painting Majors (Seniors) Washington University in St. Louis—Sam Fox School of Art and Design
Graduate Teaching Assistantship: Drawing I Washington University in St. Louis—Sam Fox School of Art and Design
New American Paintings, # 125, Midwest Issue
ArtSlant, Under the Radar
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 31
SaatchiArt, One to Watch, December
ArtVoices Magazine, Winter Art Basel Miami Issue #43