I’m interested in the fluid boundaries between abstraction and representation, and how symbols, figures and landscapes interact to form new relationships and associations. When I begin to paint and draw I’m usually not thinking about a specific idea; instead, images emerge and become more focused while I work. If I do begin by trying to represent something, it’s a cluster of ideas and they’re abstract—so this shifts my imagery towards abstraction. Viewers can usually recognize shapes and objects, yet are not always sure of what they’re looking at, or where they are. More than abstract though, the imagery becomes a beginning for open-ended stories that leave space for interpretation and encourage viewers to incorporate their own experiences. In the end, I hope they see and feel something they wouldn’t have otherwise.
I’m a visual artist and graphic designer, born and raised in central Montana. I have a BA in graphic design with a painting minor from Montana State University and an MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design.