MFA, Printmaking, University of Montana
BA, Art History and American Studies, Williams College


You can apply acrylic paint as thick as frosting or as thin as a watercolor wash. Its flexibility dovetails with my approach to painting, which is based in change.


I start with an idea: a place, an experience, a color, an emotion. Sometimes the inspiration comes from a photograph, sometimes what I see in front of me, sometimes just what’s in my head right then, something internal.


As you can see, I paint at least a little bit abstractly (sometimes utterly so), not seeking to create a photograph-like representation using paint, but instead to communicate a sensibility. That sensibility might not have a whole lot to do with where I started.


So, not to be trite, but, “it’s a process.”


One of biggest challenges for me is getting caught up in tiny details at the expense of seeing the entire canvas. So I practice stopping and standing back. Then asking myself, now what?