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?