Fall 2019 - Summer 2024
Toys have been central to my visual vocabulary as a painter – they can be transformed to comment on a wide range of issues using both metaphor and allegory. 'Judgment Cray' uses self-deprecating humor to explore the feelings associated with constant evaluation and critique – particularly as I pursue my career as an academic. The use of playful imagery (toys, primary colors, crayons) is intended to reinforce a feeling of inadequacy, and a child-like naivete when judged by others. This judgement often occurs in professional or online settings, especially when one deviates from the overly simplistic and dogmatic dialogue that exists in our world today. These relationship and social dynamics can ultimately lead to fluctuations between self-confidence and self-doubt simmering in one’s headspace.
plein air statement
Each small field study is a depiction of a specific time and place, and how I perceived those passing moments both visually and emotionally. Every painting is an adventure in battling the elements, simplifying the complexity of nature, and faithfully recording color relationships to describe an accurate sense of light. These compositions evolve organically, without premeditation or any conceptual agenda. Consequently, working this way yields to a sincerity in the paintings that is difficult to achieve otherwise.
Commissions & Other Works
This collection of works showcases several private commissions, a painting created for a non-profit fundraiser, and several one-off paintings. The one-off paintings are typically used to inform lessons in the classroom or to explore technical aspects of the painting process, often when the weather is too cold to paint en plein air.