Artist statement:

In the overlap between memory and direct experience, I paint half-imagined landscapes: bridges between mindspace and living-space. The natural world—the so-called “exterior” world—acts as both my subject and my palette. I approach the land with a desire to pick apart not its true appearance, but its demeanor and essence—the elements that make it not too different from humanity.

 

Excited, considered brushwork meets boiled-down, moody color to aid these aims, but sweeping composition and carefully-selected abstracted moments bear their backbone. Most importantly, though, I construct images from fragmented recollections. The outdoors have always had a looming presence in my life: inextricably intertwined with learning and play and exuberant joy, but also made of the mettle of dreams, of destruction, and, finally, of coming-home. 
  

So I’ve come to perceive the land and the human person as two mouths of the same river. In depicting the personhood within the landscape, my art chances to travel back upstream—to hint at the river’s source, the unification, the life that is behind and within nature, but also behind and within us people. It proffers moments of alternatingly exhilarated, poignant, or peaceful vivacity—to hint at the vivacity already within our surroundings and selves.

 

About my medium:

To be able to work with highly-controlled, densely-pigmented, and reflective/luminous acrylics, I mix my own paints from dry pigments: nearly exclusively earth pigments, natural lakes, and mica powders. This selection references historically spiritual art and fosters a tangibly physical connection to my subject matter. Additionally, in conjunction with avoiding pre-packaged paint tubes, it helps me reduce the ecological impact of my painting practice.

Exhibitions & Art Fairs:

October 2018 - New Brunswick, NJ - Piece in Undergraduate Open at Mason Gross Gallery

  • October-December 2018 - Piscataway, NJ  - 2-piece feature & artist's talk in the inaugural exhibition at the Rutgers Club at Rutgers Livingston Campus

  • May 2018 - Perth Amboy, NJ - Table at Perth Amboy Waterfront Arts Festival

  • March-May 2018 - Red Bank, NJ - Piece in Local Vision: Spring Fever at All Things Local

  • October 2017 - New Brunswick, NJ - Piece in Undergraduate Open at Mason Gross Gallery

  • February 2016 - Perth Amboy, NJ - 2 pieces in Red4 at Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts

  • August 2015 - Brooklyn, NYC, NY - Piece in Black & White at Brooklyn Waterfront Artists' Coalition

  • May 2015 - Perth Amboy, NJ - Table at Perth Amboy Waterfront Arts Festival

  • April 2015 - Manhattan, NYC, NY - Piece in Women's Art (traveling show) at Saphira & Ventura Gallery

  • April 2015 - Perth Amboy, NJ - 10-work feature in Women's Art (traveling show) at Perth Amboy Gallery Center for the Arts

  • March 2015 - Newark, NJ - 2 pieces in Women's Art (traveling show) at Casa de Ribatejo Espaco Arte