My studio is in the penthouse of an old chicken barn known as The Artist’s Residency Quarters (ARQ). The property is home to many artists’ studios, a forge and blacksmithing shop.
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. Most recently, I have 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. A studio visit 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.