I am a visual artist residing in Geneseo, New York. I like to think of myself as a crafter of visual stories. I attempt to create drawings that provide more questions than answers, more ambiguity than certainty. My intention is to leave the viewer with an open ended narrative that allows one to fill in the blanks from their own personal experiences.
I work primarily in Colored Pencils, Graphite, and Ballpoint Pen, exploring the themes of home, mental illness, and contradictions of everyday life. I strive to find meaning in the opposing forces that push us in varying directions, and to make connections between both the pivotal and mundane moments of life with the use of symbolism and simplicity.
My drawings often include the human form in some way, whether it’s with portraits or hands. I am drawn to the automatic sense of emotion that comes with portraying the human form. I want my work to tell a symbolic story of the strength of the individual while still leaving the details to the interpretation of the observer. My drawings attempt to show the vulnerability of my subject, their precarious and fantastical reality, the contradictions in everyday life, and the effects of space and mental stability.
My work often includes patterns as both a stylistic and symbolic choice. Patterns can be both predictable and improbable, stable and changing. We search for patterns to make sense of the world around us, they allow us to make familiar predictions, and interpret the connectivity between points. Patterns can provide reassurance in unknown situations, yet they can also create confusion at their break down. This point between familiarity and confusion is where I like my work to inhabit.