In my work, I use portraiture as a vehicle for creating a series of personal vignettes. Always formal, and often theatrical, each portrait serves as an assertion of a state of being. They are artificial moments invented in support of real sentiments.
I am constantly examining human relationships through these devised images; assigning roles, removing context, arranging objects, and offering it up for reinterpretation. By employing metaphor and my own sense of visual symbolism, I develop a "poetic description" of the kind of presence I wish to convey.
born: 1970, New London, CT
New Mexico State University, MFA, 1998
Maryland Institute, College of Art, BFA, 1993
Best of Show award, In the Flesh II, National Juried Exhibition, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2009
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program Grant, RAIR Program, Roswell, NM, 2003
Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship Award, Kansas Arts Commission, Topeka, KS, 2002
The Perception of Appearance: A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing, Frye Art Museum, 2002
solo or two-person exhibits
The Mulvane Museum: Devised Images, Topeka, KS, 2004
Wichita Center for the Arts: Ann Piper, Wichita, KS, 2002
Target Gallery: In the Flesh III, Alexandria, VA, 2011
Lore Degenstein Gallery: A Complex Weave: Women and Identity in Contemporary Art, Selinsgrove, PA, 2010
Federation Gallery, Painting on the Edge: International Exhibition, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 2006
The Kentucky Museum of Arts and Design: As I See Myself, Louisville, KY, 2004