My work weaves personal fantasies and anxieties about the unknown into surreal staged scenes. Through saturated colors, high contrast, theatrical lighting, and varied surface textures, I create exaggerated, romantic worlds gone awry. I use these extremes to convey a confliction of emotional truths. The cornucopia opulence is sometimes ecstatic and sometimes a choking, suffocating illusion.
The ideals of perfection and beauty are prevailing themes in my work. My paintings ask, what does an ideal moment, romance, or sexual body look like? This same lens is applied to the paint, scrutinizing ideal compositions, color palettes, and techniques, while embracing a level of uncertainty, tension, experimentation, and obsession. The result of my process is a space more ornate and more beautiful than that which I inhabit; it is at once a stage for the fantastical expectations of my life and a space for contemplating the disparity between the real and the imagined.
born: 1985, New York, New York
Maryland Institute College of Art: Hoffberger School of Painting, MFA 2012
Alfred University, Art and Design, BFA 2008
Golden Foundation Residency, 2014
Juror's Mention, Juror: Jerry Saltz, 57th Annual Chautauqua Exhibition 2014
Dave Bown Projects Finalist, 2013
Best in Show Award, Bethesda Painting Awards 2012
Berlin Art Link, "Art Fair// The (e)merge art fair in Washington, D.C." Oct. 17 2013
Arts Observer. "11 Artists to See at DCís Annual (e)merge Art Fair," Oct 5, 2013
Art Daily.Org. "Beyond the Frame: Spatial Composition After Lucio Fontanaî at Contemporary Wing," Sept 19, 2012.
The Washington Post, "Galleries: Beyond the Frame"; Sept. 27, 2012.
selected solo or two-person exhibits
e(merge) Art Fair, Connersmith Gallery, Washington, District of Columbia, 2013
Bad Habits, Meyerhoff Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland, 2012
selected group shows
Making and Taking: 'Pictures' Reconsidered, Curated by Nancy Princethal, A.I.R Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, 2014
57th Annual Chautauqua Exhibition, Curated by Jerry Saltz, Strohl Gallery, Chautauqua, New York, 2014
Bethesda Painting Awards, Gallery B, Bethesda, Maryland, 2014
New Paintings: Katherine Mann, Ali Miller, Nora Sturges, Lonsdale Gallery, Toronto, Canada, 2013