Painting landscapes is an interactive experience responding both to the environment and the object being painted. I find working from landscapes gives me the mental and physical space to reconnect. A good painting day not only includes the painting, but the experience of getting to know the world around me on a more intimate level--the stillness of looking versus seeing. I find that when I haven't painted in awhile I miss the nuances of the atmosphere, the shift in seasonal light, the weight of the air, and the general character of the land. We live in a state of constant change, movement, and stimulation making our surroundings secondary. I paint not to tell, but to remind myself and others to slow down, there are still good things out there.
born: 1981, United States
Maryland Institute College of Art, MFA 2013
Maryland Institute College of Art, MAT 2005
Maryland Institute College of Art, BFA 2004
Artist in Residence, National Gallery of Art Washington, D.C.
Jentel Artist Residency, Banner, WY
Ed Taylor Fellowship, Artcroft Creative Center Residency, Carlisle, KY