Artist Bio

Artist Statement

"Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior's world."
— Pema Chödrön

My work is about rejoicing in ordinary moments; both in the act of creation as well as in what I select to paint. I seek to create wonder and connection in each moment. There is humor and curiosity in the everyday worth pausing and absorbing.

My subject matter varies greatly from urban to rural, intriguing to soothing, but my approach is the same. Everywhere I look, I see abstract shapes and colors that come together to create recognizable forms. Similarly, I approach my canvas as a push and pull of positive and negative space, contrasting colors, and movement of brushstrokes that connect the abstract forms into a realistic representation of a simple, beautiful moment.

Education and Career

I began my career as an artist at the Pennsylvania State University where I received a BA from the School of Art and Architecture in 1994. I went on to study the old master techniques in classical realism for two years under Ann Didusch Schuler and Carol Lee Thompson at the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD.

In 1996, I was accepted into the Medical and Biological Illustration graduate program at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where I spent the next two years studying anatomy, physiology, surgical illustration, and rendering techniques both by hand and on the computer.

Upon graduation in 1998, I entered the corporate world and focused mostly on refining my illustration techniques and learning website design. It wasn’t until 2005 that I went back to painting. I have continued to work as a medical illustrator and website designer, but I now paint whenever I have the chance.

To hone my painting skills, I began taking classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA and eventually did an apprenticeship with Edward J. Reed in 2007. I subsequently moved to Charlottesville, VA where I now have a studio at the McGuffey Art Center.

I continue to relinquish the photorealistic confines of illustration and become more expressive, allowing abstract shapes and colors that I see to naturally come together as a whole. I feel freer to enjoy the process of creation more now than ever before and I think my better work represents how I see the world.

My medical illustration work can be seen at http://712designs.com.

Influences

Some of  my favorite artists and biggest influences are John Singer Sargent, Joaquin Sorolla, Frank Hobbs, David Shevlino, Ben Aronson, to name a few, however, I have gained incredible knowledge and wisdom from my fellow local artists and instructors. I did an apprenticeship with Edward Reed in Alexandria, VA and continue to collaborate with him whenever possible. I also studied under Robert Liberace and Kurt Schwarz and appreciate the amazing talent all three of these instructors have shared.

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