About

I search for the in-between spaces, the off-center composition, and the way the sun and technology move through them. The weight of the traffic lights and telephone wires strung over the empty buildings shows a world being swallowed by the reality of modern life. These telephone wires are the only conveyors of connection in my paintings, which speaks to the current state of isolation we feel as a society. Parked cars, trash cans, or an abandoned bicycle stand in for the missing people in each landscape. I include these objects as evidence that these places are inhabited. I paint in-between the buildings, down paper streets and alleys, to show that these ignored spaces are part of a larger whole. The addition of wires and signs adds another layer for the viewer to look through, telling us that the scene does not stop at the edges of the picture plane. The wires lead us to a much bigger landscape. 

Many of the shadows overpower the buildings they’re cast upon. The shadows are transitory, making a bold attempt to dominate for a fleeting moment. They become the subject of the paintings more than the houses. Layered within the forlorn infrastructure is hope for a revival of community. 

I have an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

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