The fictional landscapes depicted in my paintings are inspired by places I’ve been, which have been re-imagined as constructed, utopian environments. Through this, I aim to explore the ironic nature of modern development. Man’s work in altering nature can also been seen through the manipulation of vegetation. Topiaries, as well as other plants and shrubs, have been reshaped and trained to grow in unnatural forms for centuries. Greenhouses promote the growth of foreign species of plants in what would otherwise be inhospitable climates.
These paintings are created though collaging strips of oil-stained paper onto natural birch panels. Tracts of ranch houses and other modern, architectural structures are carved directly into the wood and then stained with oil. The juxtaposition of these two opposing forms and processes symbolize my exploration of the American Dream as it has evolved from my parents’ generation through mine.
May 2005 Pratt Institute, Masters of Fine Art
June 2000 Rhode Island School of Design, Bachelor of Fine Art
2012, Better Homes and Gardens, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn NY
2012, Subdivision #3, Joseph Gross Gallery, University of Arizona, Tuscon.
Brooklyn Utopias, Old Stone House, Brooklyn, NY
Urban/Suburban, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY
The Nature, Art Bridge, New York, NY
A New Beginning, 941 Geary, San Francisco, CA New Territory, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Territory, White Walls Gallery, San Francisco, CA