BA Studio Art Painting with Art History Minor from Western Washington University, 2007.
My reason for painting is cathartic more than literal or contextual. Though, I do use elements of nature such as clouds in my most recent series to keep the eye in the picture rather than drift away in an abstract pattern. I paint to experience the ultimate exposure and vulnerability by putting onto canvas a spontaneous vision rather than a planned scene or message. The reward is a connection with the viewer on a visceral level, much the same as listening to music in order to evoke an emotional response.
Each picture starts with an acrylic mid-value ground. From there I play, each stroke inspired by the last while using music as momentum. The most successful pieces have gone through a series of failures, thus constantly providing an experience of growth as a painter. These pieces are often made up of multiple layers and phases, which I refer to as seasoned canvases. There is constant push and pull to create a sense of balance in my work. I prefer to create on a large scale as it not only feels beneficial to use the whole body to actively paint, but the end result is more visually impactful and immersive. I appreciate painting small to practice control and balance within uncomfortable parameters and accept the process as a healthy challenge.
Bellingham, Washington, United States
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