Through line, shape, and structure, I investigate character and place, creating narratives and identities that often effect each other. With artwork that fluctuates between painting, drawing and sculpture, I combine disparate, yet individually familiar elements to form new, off-balance realities. My abstracted depictions and landscapes are created with marks made from ink, markers and paint. My sculptural works incorporate a diverse spectrum of materials, both natural and man-made, including branches, wood, metal, and glass. Generally I work in series, creating artworks that explore particular ideas and concepts mined from a wide range of topics.

Black and Blue, my most current series, will be shown at Boxheart Gallery in Pittsburgh; opening on May 30, 2017.

The Explorer, depicts my visions of the denizens, landscapes and wonders encountered through quests and discovery; both factual and fanciful. 2016.

Lost Empire examines the chaotic and unpredictable nature of the environment as it evolves through a process of transformation and dissolution. 2013 - 2016

Siege, a series of mostly black and white works which depict physical and metaphorical landscapes under attack from friend and foe. 2012 - 2013

The abstracted, singular scenes in the Ever Ever series considers how our personal spaces, stories, and rituals are dependent not only on our environment, but also our perceptions at any given moment. This series was created in response to my residency with the University Musical Society. 2014 - 2015.

In Swarms the landscape is subordinate to the flocks, schools and swarming masses surging over it. 2013 - 2014

Bird Hills depicts trees and the ebb and flow of what water and people leave behind in a natural environment. This series is inspired by the urban forest near my current home and my memories of the tamarack swamp near where I grew up. It was created specifically for Natural Notations, my solo exhibition at River Centre Gallery in 2015.

Sculpture. I think my sculptural works asexcerpts,as most of the them are not directly related to a specific series. Towers free-stand on the floor; Tabletops are smaller. Ongoing

Bio

I was born in Carlton, Minnesota and received a BA in Art from Macalester College. I have shown my work nationally, including exhibitions at Box Heart Gallery (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), Site:Brooklyn (Brooklyn, New York), Dab Art (Ventura, California) and the Alexandria Museum (Alexandria, Louisiana). In 2014 I was selected as one of the first Visual Artists in Residence with the University of Michigan Musical Society. I live and work in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

I am represented by Box Heart Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Private Drawing Lessons

I conduct private drawing lessons in my studio to both adults and children. See my Teaching page for more information.

My Writing

I write about art and art-related things at A Sharp Pencil, and write fiction and some essays at Fragments.