I use stock photos as a reference for my paintings. The portraits are a vehicle to explore and experiment with painting, rather than the intention to recreate or portray the subject in any way. The distance and anonymity allows me to copy and paste faces and limbs in the most visually pleasing way. The general emptiness of the stock photos, when transferred into oil paint on canvas, is transformed taking on a new life. One that instantly becomes more meaningful and cultural.
I am endlessly engaged in the many possible combinations and outcomes. In addition to this juxtaposition, the work is executed in a way that obscures the realms of illustration and fine arts. The creative process involves pulling from a collection of images. Often collages are made, heads are pasted on bodies, and the work begins from there.
1987 Born in Huntington, WV
2009 BA, Studio Art, College of Charleston, SC
2014 Window Artist, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Red Bank, NJ
2014 Full Moon Artwalk, Michele Tuegel Contemporary, St. Petersburg, FL
Art from the Boros II, Denise Bibro Fine Art, New York, NY
8th Annual Contemporary Woman, Chico Art Center, Chico, CA
2013 Juried Exhibition, Parlor Gallery, Asbury Park, NJ, Curated by Jonathan LeVine
Childhood Memories, Mills Pond House Gallery, St. James, NY
Adieu September, Invitational Exhibit, Space Womb Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Invitational Exhibit, Hamilton Stage for the Performing Arts, Rahway, NJ
124th Annual Exhibition, NAWA, The Sylvia Wald & Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, NY
Wide Open 4, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
Positive/Negative 28, Slocumb Galleries, Johnson City, TN, Curated by Michael Ray Charles