2014 The University of Georgia, Athens, GA, MFA Painting and Drawing Candidate
2010 Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, BFA Painting and Drawing
In my paintings, I am interested in creating imaginary spaces where organic forms reside. These setting are inspired by natural forms such as coral reefs, bacteria, botany, and organ systems. I am drawn to this type of imagery because they relate to structure, connectivity, and growth which are important elements in an evolving environment.
These forms also influence the way the surface of the paintings materialize through subtleties in color, texture, and line. These concerns lead to a more in depth consideration of the space that I am creating and how the visual energy flows through it. I begin to ask questions about form, depth, movement, growth, decay and how the organic forms become part of a more believable space. I embrace the gestural marks and brushstrokes as a physical exploration of the environment in a transient state. By applying the oil paint in thin glazes, the surface shows the history of the space and the development of the imagery.
My aim is to invite the viewers into the threshold of the abstract spaces. I want them to have an experience similar to the way I construct the space by disappearing through the crevices and falling into the cracks of the landscape to embrace a sense of escape and wonder in an altered environment.