I try to render scenes from generally unremarkable life events that bring me joy when I first see them. Though mundane, they reach out with a harmonious balance of composition and color. Quiet and wordless, they imply a visual narrative and ask for further consideration. Transporting these moments in time onto canvas gives me ownership over every element in a way photographic reproduction could not, and the level of control I crave in all things. It also freezes them in a state where others can have the opportunity to reflect on their harmony. Hopefully the viewer will to go forth and find unexpected moments of personal radiance in their daily lives as well, like mindfulness meditation for the visual soul. Beauty and the mundane do not need to be not mutually exclusive.
Recently, my source material has come from old photographs, focusing on the power of women and girls living their lives without immediate concern, or arguably with dismissal, of society and its pressures and expectations. It is my hope that these works draw attention to the innate strength women and children possess that may be overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed.
Some critics have argued that realism is an outdated relic, perfected centuries ago and more recently replaced with photographic reproduction. I have never understood how reality, true human existence, could be unilaterally discounted. Now more than ever (in my short lifetime), reality itself is attacked and called into question. What better time to embrace realism once again?
I moved to Eastern Iowa from Dallas-Fort Worth in 2014. I earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas. The school’s focus on the contemporary and postmodernism challenged me to act upon my love of realism and figurative imagery while avoiding banality, a direction I continue to pursue.
Works held in private collections in Iowa and North Texas.