Who are you and what do you do?
I fell in love with clay and ceramics during my childhood and pursued that interest through college. I earned a BFA in Visual Art with a focus in Ceramics from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. I couldn’t have chosen a better school.
After graduating in 2008, money and space were tight, but I still had the need to create, to sculpt. So I turned to an easily available medium. Over the next couple of years I did a lot of experimenting with acrylic paint on canvas, trying to find a technique that allowed ultimate expression and control. I consider all of my work in paint from that period forward as shallow sculpture more than painting.
In my current process, I create highly textured pieces in which the paint is built up over time; this process often takes weeks or months. I abandoned brushes and turned to less conventional tools including squeegees, palette knives, and squeeze bottles. Each layer of paint is applied and then allowed to dry. Subsequent layers are added and created, obscuring what existed before.Once I have sculpted the piece to where it is whole, I destroy it. The painting and all of it’s layers are stripped, eroded, and reduced to an equal plane.The technical details of this finishing process consist of sanding and polishing the piece to a perfectly smooth surface.
The visual effect of this is that of a topographical map; an abstract two-dimensional representation of a three-dimensional reality. Often these paintings are mistaken for high quality prints created by a machine.
I create a painting whose true identity is hidden below the surface. This concept reflects not only my personality, but all human beings and the way we interact with the world. All of the internal intricacies and secrets that were once hidden are revealed in union. The anonymity that once existed is worn away and the true soul of the piece is exposed for all to see.
I have recently started a series of figurative pieces using the same technique.
What inspires you?
What doesn’t inspire me? I’m constantly looking, observing, feeling, experiencing the world around and within me. My current work is very emotion based and I typically start a new piece soon after an experience that moves me. Though my paintings tend to be very bright at first glance, the initial feelings involved with their beginnings typically are not.
What themes do you pursue?
I’d definitely consider my current work abstract expressionism.
The need to create, to control something.
Name some artists you would like to be compared to.
I don’t know that my current body of work is comparable in content or technique to any other artists, but the artists’ works that have inspired me the most are Gerhard Richter, Eva Hesse, and one of my former painting professors, Summer Wheat.