I've had a passion for art since I was four and "helped" my mother with her final drawing when she was an art student. Looking at the bright yellow addition to her black and white charcoal figure, instead of scolding the act, she simply took the marker and led me to a black sheet of paper. After that, whether it was drawing a doodle in a class notebook or the self-made comic books that filled my drawers, I couldn't slow down. It wasn't until my later years of college that I learned I had an interest in painting. Slowly, I became more abstract as an artist and my themes and palette changed before my eyes.
Though a native to the Midwest, I have always been drawn to the sea—an allure that stemmed from childhood trips to the coast and a young introduction to snorkeling. Along with learning about Hemingway through my father, his tale of an old man battling elements beyond him, and the truth that we know more about foreign planets than our own, sea life and its encompassing mystery have ever fascinated me.
My current collection deals with the relationship between land and sea, whether hostile or dependent, and the delicate balance of one’s need for the other, as well as those that call this union home. Using colors, shapes, and texture over multiple layers, I explore the comfort and animosity of a place revisited or newly imagined, continuously experimenting with these elements and incorporating a certain emotion as a map spills from mind to canvas.