My process is essentially improvisational and intuitive.  I loosely paint the words of a chosen phrase, allowing letterforms to be truncated, overlapped and distorted. Embracing accidental and unexpected outcomes, I compose the same phrase repeatedly until I am satisfied with the resulting patterns and illusion of depth on the painted surface.

Personal beliefs within converging systems of desire, risk and faith are themes that define my art practice. In my current body of work, the subjects of my text-based paintings are phrases I collect from the Bible and from popular media. As messages signifying cultural authority, the phrases become headlines forming my perceptions of phenomena existing beyond logic.

Text-based artists such as Jenny Holzer, Ed Ruscha and Christopher Wool have influenced my investigation of words and phrases both ubiquitous and ambiguous. Like these artists, I examine the power of cultural meaning in impersonal, mass messaging. However my conceptual methods are closer to that of Mark Bradford's tearing away of printed advertising messages to arrive at an uncertain result. Spontaneously obscuring letterforms while creating an overall pattern, I aim to bring a perceived message to the cusp of complete sublimation.


 

EDUCATION

MFA 2018  |  Florida International University 
BFA 1991 | The University of Akron 
Foundation Studies | Cleveland Institute of Art 
Independent Development Studies | Haystack School | Maine

EXHIBITIONS

June 2019 | Photo Alicante | Alicante, Spain
May 2018 | Frost Art Museum | Miami, FL
February 2017 | Laundromat Art Space | Miami, FL
Summer 2016 | MBUS Gallery | Miami Beach, FL
December 2013-2018 | Aqua Art Fair | Miami, FL
October 2015 | Swenson Gallery at Bakehouse | Miami, FL
December 2014 | Vizcaya Museum | Miami, FL
June 2014 | Affordable Art Fair | London and New York
April 2014 | Sunstate Bank | Coral Gables, FL
January 2014 | The Projects at FAT Village | Ft. Lauderdale, FL
December 2012 | Cancio Contemporary | Context-Art Miami | Wynwood, Miami, FL
April 2012 Solo Exhibition | Ricart Gallery | Miami, FL
March 2012 | Audrey Love Gallery | Jordan Winery competition finalist | Miami, FL
November 2011 | Cancio Contemporary | Bloomingdales Collection | Miami, FL
December 2010 | Casa Wynwood | Miami, FL
December 2010 | MIA Mi Cielo | North Bay Village, Miami Beach, FL
June 2010 | My Private Art Club | Midtown, Miami, FL
August 2009 | Life is Art | Wynwood Arts District, Miami, FL
August 2008 | Open Studio | Miami, FL
October 2007 | Sagamore Hotel | Miami Beach, FL
August 2007 | Miami Interchange | Miami, FL
December 2005-2009 | FIU Postcard Show | Miami Beach, FL
November 2006 | Open Studio | Miami Beach, FL
June 2006 | AARTCORP| Cleveland, OH
June 2006 | House at the Crossroads | College Park, MD
March 2006 | The Lab | San Francisco, CA
May 2005 | Open Studio | Miami Beach, FL
February 2005 | Dorsch Gallery Tsumani Benefit Show | Miami, FL

PUBLIC COMMISSIONS

Bloomingdales | Mural | Miami, FL

Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator | Sculpture | Miami, FL
Ultra Music Festival | Repurposed drums | Miami, FL
Ultra Music Festival | Custom recycling containers | Miami, FL

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