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


My approach to painting 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.

I paint to capture some essence of that starting point, to communicate its sensibility. As I work, the painting process, along with the evolving imagery, may send me toward and different inspiration, far from where I began.

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? And, what is the point of this painting?

How I answer those questions is what guides the painting to its completion.

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