My portfolio showcases various series of paintings created throughout my career. My work tends to investigate our relationship with the natural world, with its creatures, with each other, and with ourselves. I make social commentary with a sprinkling of humor, a titch of nonsense, a dash of self-deprecation, and a pinch of bird droppings. See my contact information below and get in touch if you have any questions or if you’re interested in purchasing a painting or commissioning one.
Tame your Marmots
Artist’s Statement: The Tame your Marmots series is a continuation of the earlier series, Exposing the Sneaky Marmot, where I explored the many versions of self-deception as witnessed through the behavior of the individual. In this new series, I continue to visit self-deception but also explore group deception, which is self-deception on steriods, amplified by the echo chambers in which we choose to participate.
We Want Our View and Eat It Too
Artist’s statement:I Want My View and Eat It Too explores how we as tourists interact with the natural world and what we expect when we visit National Parks and other beautiful places. These paintings investigate our relationship with the natural landscape, with its wild creatures, and with preserved historic places while questioning our ideas concerning fair use and conservation.
Artist’s statement:Domesticates explores the influence of relationships, especially the close, domestic bonds of family and friends where the colors and patterns of our daily existence imprint themselves onto us, forming the person we become, the roles we play, and how we view the world.
Exposing the Sneaky Marmot
Artist’s statement: Sometimes the beliefs we hold about the world or about ourselves don’t serve us well. False or misleading perceptions can, at best, lead us into harmless folly, or at worst, cause others and ourselves a lifetime of misery and heartache. Exposing the Sneaky Marmot investigates many versions of self-deception. The presence of a trickster marmot throughout the series embodies the tendency to be misled by our perceptions and beliefs, many of which have long generational ties that are passed along as family heirlooms. These mindsets are formed in childhood and carried into adulthood where they often function below our conscious awareness. I reference old photographs to allude to the temporal persistence of long-lasting familial mindsets and use the landscape as a setting to represent the wild terrain of our own unconscious thoughts and drives. These paintings are twisted versions of grown-up dramas that are humorous on the surface but sometimes dark and insidious underneath with far-reaching consequences.
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