My part-time Saturday studio is my brick-and-mortar baby called 414 Vintage. 414 Vintage is a curated thrift and vintage store on the shores of Seneca Lake in the heart of Finger Lakes wine country. You can find me there every Saturday of the summer!
In addition to my instagram account (see above or to the left), visit the store instagram instagram.com/414_vintage_/
The store is an immersive experience of my vintage clothing collection, upcycled clothing creations, as well as my paintings, prints, papier-mâché masks and cardboard sculpture. By painting on salvaged materials —newspaper and cardboard— my artwork connects the everyday with the sublime.
Rooted in a desire to create dialogue around mental health and inspired by the folk art of Mexico, my work showcases thought-provoking themes through playful, technicolor-like imagery as a means to facilitate introspective exploration.
I was born in Baltimore and am a self-taught artist. Drawn by sunshine, surf-culture and a wayfaring spirit, I lived in Hawaii, Australia and California. The embedded ethos of Mexican culture in Southern California eventually inspired another move. Four years of living and working in Mexico has been integral to informing my artwork.
In 2014 I was drawn by the deep connections within the farming community of Ithaca, where I’ve lived ever since. My paintings are made using acrylics on glued layers of newspaper. By applying paints to newspaper, formerly significant headlines and images peer through the brushstrokes — emitting familiarity, fleeting significance and subliminal messages.
In 2020 I expanded on my painted newspaper technique creating three-dimensional papier-mâché masks. Larger cardboard sculpture and painted second-hand furniture use funhouse visuals to create a container from which the viewer can explore mystical concepts.
Most recently I opened a vintage clothing store in 2021 where my art practice cultivates the brand aesthetic, and where I get to experiment with my sewing talents to upcycle and embellish vintage and thrifted garments. A visit to 414 Vintage will implement first-hand that my work is designed to be experienced as installation — engulfing an audience in otherworldliness, much like the set of a play.