Starting with a vague or elusive expression and an uncertain context, I hope to provoke viewers into visually completing my portraits with their own more complete and ideal mental image and to then create the narrative based on their own experience and feelings.

We are attracted to faces – it is our nature. If I fill the canvas with a big face then there is little room for external leading context. I think that the large size and closely cropped image creates an elevated sense of intimacy. Searching for meaning, viewers may turn inward to create a subjective reality.

If I engage you with eyes then I can also start to do other things peripherally with line and color. I can color outside of the lines and your mind will resolve it. Vague and scribbled outlines and graphic vectors become part of a recognizable whole while a hint of “unreal” complimentary and equal value color causes the eyes to seem life-like. I experiment with the amount and type of information required to evoke an image and to find those characteristics that cause the viewer to emotionally respond to the portrait.

All of my paintings start with a live model and then I work from reference photographs. I have developed a practice of deliberately reacting to less than controlled and/or accidental incidences.

I use a limited pallet of acrylic paint. I vary the coverage, spraying varnish between layers and then scrubbing, scraping, scratching or sanding the surface while applying a variety of marks – strokes, dots and other adjustments. I try not to differentiate between my drawing and painting.

These paintings tend to be layers of fresh starts. I believe I might have a finished face one day but soon I brush, flow or spill paint all over the surface, leaving traces – a template to guide the next iteration.

It seems that whenever I think I have a new idea I find someone who did it, sometimes, centuries ago. I am not interested in imitation. I am interested in continuing their inquiries. I consider myself to be a traditional artist in search of ways to build on the past. In the end I am attempting to facilitate alternative emotional experiences through the use of changing and alternate points of view, engaging gaze, uncertain context, elusive emotion and naturalistic cues.

2015     Governors Art Show, Loveland Museum. Loveland, CO (upcoming)

2014     Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

Governors Art Show, Loveland Museum, Loveland, CO

New York Hall of Science, Science Inspires Art 

Knoll Gallery, Best of Denver Santa Fe Art District

Seven State Biennial, Goddard Art Center, juried by Mark White of the Fred Jones Museum of Art-University of Oklahoma

2013     Stephen F. Austin State University, “Texas National”, juried by Peter Selz past MOMA and UC Berkeley Art Museum (awarded 3rd Place)

            Space Gallery, Denver, CO, one-person exhibition

Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO, one-person exhibition

Knoll Gallery, Best of Denver Santa Fe Art District (awarded Best of Show)

Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, juried by George T.M. Shackelford of the Kimbell Art Museum

San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA, juried by Rene de Guzman of the Oakland Museum of California

Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ - Studio Montclair, juried by Helaine Posner - Neuberger Museum of Art

Arvada Center, “Art of the State”, juried by Collin Parson - Arvada Center and Dean Sobel - Clyfford Still Museum

2012     Barrett Art Center, “New Directions”, juried by Susan Cross of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemp. Art (awarded 2nd Place)

b.j.spoke gallery, “Expo 31”, juried by Margot Norton of the New Museum

2011     Space Gallery, Denver, CO, one-person exhibition

Nassau Community College, juried by Samantha Rippner of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (awarded Merit Award)

The Visual Art Center of New Jersey, juried by Joan Young of the Solomon Guggenheim Museum

The Museum of the Living Artist, juried by Roxana Velasquez of the San Diego Museum of Art

2010     Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO, one-person exhibition

Santa Cruz Art League, juried by George Rivera of the Triton Museum of Art

Denver International Airport

Colorado State Capital

Denver Botanic Gardens

Metropolitan State University Center For Visual Art, Denver, CO

Space Gallery, Denver, CO, one-person exhibition

 

 

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