Through sequential landscape painting, my work creates a record of my experience of sustained engagement with consistently fluctuating environments.
In an outdoor setting there is so much information and many variables that are beyond my control. What does it mean to engage with how these observations add to my understanding and attune my senses to the nuances of the scene? Standing in the same spot, I paint the same space again and again over hours, weeks, months and even years.
Finding a format best suited for each site, I embrace that I am not a machine and I do not register changes the same way that a machine would. I cannot and do not want to capture every detail in a painting. I paint what first captures my attention, therefore, directing the viewer to my individual impression. Whenever there is a noticeable change in its appearance, I record the time, put the painting aside and begin a new panel.
The resolution of the images becomes a direct indication of the pace at which changes occur. Endurance leads to a rhythmic quality in the physical act of painting. It becomes a flow that is indicative of my immersion in a fluctuating environment. Evidence of this flow is shown not only through levels of resolution within a particular day, but also through increasingly decisive brushstrokes as projects continue. Series are installed as a singular piece often in grid-like formats contrasting the irregularity of nature.
Over time possibilities open up to me as an artist. With immersion a field transcends dirt and grass. The nameable objects disappear and are replaced by shifts of colors and abstract shapes vying for my attention before nestling back into obscurity.
Whether it is the color of a tree as the sun rises, the rhythm of sunlight through a forest, a puddle evaporating, or the veil of rain over the landscape, sustained engagement through painting allows me to be open and ready to respond to the unexpected.
As I work, I do not compare the current painting to the previous one. I am fully absorbed in the present. I have faith that the process will result in a genuine record of my experience however subtle or dramatic the visual shifts. Each moment a piece in a greater puzzle.
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC M.F.A., Concentration in painting, May 2018 Mount Gretna School of Art, Mount Gretna, PA, Summer 2015 Union College, Schenectady, NY B.A., cum laude, Studio Fine Arts; minors in Art History and French, June 2012
2020 (upcoming) Local Sequence, Hastings Gallery, Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC
2016-2018 Thrush Fund Scholarship, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
2017 Summer Research Assistantship, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC 2014 "Honorable Mention" Colorado Plein-Air Festival, Emerging Artist, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
2013 "Honorable Mention" Print, Paint and Pastel, Juried Show, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI
2018 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum
2017 Collateral Events: Catalog Attivo, Greensboro Project Space
April 6, 2017 Student Showcase, Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
2018 Salem Art Works, Salem, NY
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, Adjunct Instructor - Drawing II, Spring 2020, Foundation of Drawing, Drawing II, Fall 2019, Drawing II, Painting 2/3, Life Drawing I, Fall 2018,
Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, NC, Adjunct Instructor - Drawing I, Drawing II, Spring 2020, Drawing I, Spring 2019
Rowan - Cabarrus Community College, Concord and Salisbury, NC, Adjunct Instructor - Art Appreciation, Art History Survey II, Spring 2019
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, Instructor - Foundations of Drawing, 2017-2018 Academic year
University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, Teaching Assistant - Abstraction in the Landscape (Fall 2017), Painting I (Spring 2017), Foundations of Drawing (Fall 2016)