When I make a painting, I don’t want to paint a realistic moment in time. I want to create a scene that exists outside time or space in a dream world full of bizarre juxtapositions, fantastic elements, and mystery. I want my paintings to be beautiful but also disconcerting—perhaps even disturbing at times. My paintings are always autobiographical and spring from things that are on my mind—whether they are problems in the world at large or issues specific to my own experiences.
Growing up I moved frequently between cities, states, and countries. Places divided by distance felt close together and related in my mind. This translates in my most recent work as I rearrange geography, time, history, memories, elements and people into a magical realist landscape.
As a child I moved frequently spending time in four different states as well as a year abroad in Jerusalem. My childhood had an eclectic mix of music, art, politics, religion, and cultures. Growing up I always felt like an outsider in a colorful but foreign environment. I saw everything objectively but never had the experience of knowing a place well. This gave me the ability to be comfortable wherever I am but never completely at home except when building my own imaginary worlds out of pieces of places I have passed through.
I started drawing and painting at an early age but originally wanted to be a filmmaker. I moved to Los Angeles to go to film school. I spent several years working in visual effects before realizing I preferred the freedom and simplicity of painting. But film both informed my process and found its way into how I conceptualize my paintings. I use photographs, video, and Photoshop and other digital tools in preparation of my paintings as well as traditional sketches and painting studies.
I currently live and work in Somerville, MA. I can frequently be seen exploring nearby forests, fields, towns and urban areas by bicycle loaded with paints, pencils, and cameras.
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