Artist’s Statement / Biography

I stood next to my grandfather’s chair as he told a story about the carnival, drawing out the story’s path on a piece of paper with small, detailed scenes at each attraction. I was frozen in place watching his rough, coal miner’s hand deftly illustrate the scene his words were describing. I was hooked. I needed to make images.

For me, art has always been a religion. So it is no surprise that religious themes and images are common in my work.

Encaustic has become my primary medium for several reasons. Texture. Speed. Luminosity. Workability. The ability to melt and rework the paint, even after it is set.

Most of my recent work begins with found objects, scavenged or found at flea markets. There are times these objects present an immediate direction, but more often the spark is small and I need to live with the objects, finding relationships and colors that determine the final direction, determine what the finished work will be. As ideas surface they are sketched small, then sketched to size. Pencil and watercolor are combined to determine composition and color, with construction of the wood foundation coming next. Then I melt the wax.

What gives an object value and meaning? What makes an object a relic or a talisman? These questions drive my work. The symbols and symbolism of Western religion are reoccurring themes in my work. I explore the power of objects and their spiritual symbolism and meaning – for both myself and the viewer.

 

I currently live and have my studio in Salem, MA. I received my BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

 

Exhibitions

Dark Arts   |   Juried Group Show   |   Salem Arts Assoc. Gallery   |   Salem, MA   |   October 2018

Defining the Art of Change in the Age of Trump   |   Juried Group Show   |   The Center for Contemporary Political Art   |   Washington D.C.   |   September - November 2018

Game On   |   Juried Group Show   |   Salem Arts Assoc. Gallery   |   Salem, MA   |   June 2018

10th Annual Salem Arts Festival   |   Juried Group Show   |   Old Town Hall   |   Salem, MA   |   June 2018

Predator   |   Juried Group Show   |   Linus Gallery   |   Los Angeles, CA   |   March 2018

Square 1   |   Juried Group Show   |   Carlisle Art Center   |   Carlisle, PA   |   January 2018

Wax Poetic   |   Juried Group Show   |   Fabulon Art Center   |   Charleston, SC   |   October 2017

Art On The Marquee   |   Public Art Collaboration   |   Boston CyberArts - MA Convention Center   |   Boston, MA   |   June 2017

If This Art Could Vote   |   Online Group Show   |   The Huffington Post   |   New York, NY   |   October 2016

Heaven and Earth   |   Juried Group Show   |   Linus Gallery   |   Los Angeles, CA   |   October 2016

Noir  |   Group Show   |   Uforge Gallery   |   Jamaica Plain, MA   |   October 2016

5th Annual Encaustic Show   |   Juried Group Show   |   Morpho Gallery   |   Chicago, IL   |   August 2016

UFG: The First Five Years   |   Juried Group Show   |   Uforge Gallery   |   Jamaica Plain, MA   |   April 2016

Cultural Icons   |   Juried Group Show   |   Linus Gallery   |   Los Angeles, CA   |   February 2016

Framing Religion - Connections and Conflicts   |   Juried Group Show   |   Carlisle Arts Center   |   Carlisle, PA   |   January 2016

Oddities   |   Juried Group Show   |   Linus Gallery   |   Los Angeles, CA   |   November 2015

Abstracted   |   Invitational Group Show   |   Uforge Gallery   |   Jamaica Plain, MA   |   November 2015

"Edges" 4th Annual Encaustic Show   |   Juried Group Show   |   Morpho Gallery   |   Chicago, IL   |   August 2015

Corpus Illuminata   |   Juried Group Show   |   Tangent Gallery   |   Detroit, MI   |   August 2015

Juror's Choice   |   Juried Group Show   |   Uforge Gallery   |   Jamaica Plain, MA   |   July/August 2015