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
January 28 - February 22, 2019 Positive/Negative, National Juried Exhibition, Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN
November 9 - December 7, 2018 PLEIN AIR, International Juried Exhibition, Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
April 21 - May 27, 2018 2018 UNCG MFA Thesis Exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
November 13 - December 1, 2017 Collateral Events: Catologo Attivo, Greensboro Project Space, Greensboro, NC
October 21 - December 1, 2016 Visual Union: The Homecoming Show, The Crowell and West Galleries at Union College Visual Arts, Union College, Schenectady, NY
September 1 - 30, 2016 PAAC 20th Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder, CO
July 30 - August 30, 2015 PAAC 19th Annual National Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Mary Williams Fine Art, Boulder, CO
November 18 - December 28, 2014 Colorado Plein-Air Festival Exhibition, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
August 2 - 31, 2014 Artist Choice Juried Exhibition, Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI
July 5 - July 31, 2014 Little Picture in Summer Show, Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI
April 26 - 27, 2014 Spring Fling, Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO
June 20 - July 13, 2013 South County Art Association Members Invitational, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI
April 5 - 21, 2013 Members A-Z, Wickford Art Association, Wickford, RI
March 29 - May 4, 2013 Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts 102nd Annual Juried Show, Mystic Arts Center, Mystic, CT
February 14 - March 17, 2013 Print, Paint & Pastel, Juried Show, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI
February 1 - 17, 2013 Open Media, Juried Show, Wickford Art Association, Wickford, RI
Summer 2017 Summer Research Assistantship, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC November 2014 "Honorable Mention" Colorado Plein-Air Festival, Emerging Artist, Denver Public Library, Denver, CO
February 2013 "Honorable Mention" Print, Paint and Pastel, Juried Show, South County Art Association, Kingston, RI