ARTIST STATEMENT In the age social media, my paintings celebrate how we now constantly share the sentimental mundane of every day. These contemporary genre scenes depict the world around me, my family, and friends as they go about their daily lives. With the current overabundance of access we have to eachothers' digital photo albums, a new generation has been made to feel that they have to make every moment iconic- that their life needs to be bigger, better, and more beautiful than everyone else’s. I hope to remind people through my work that every little simple moment that is spent shared with each other is already perfection- no filter required.
Through these works, a dialogue is opened about how we care for, and why we interact with each other in the way that we do. The works share a common affection despite their variety of subjects and environments. The scenes are ambiguous enough to let the viewer participate in the construction of the depicted event, and in the creation of the identities of the figures represented. What the viewer feels from each scene reflects what they bring to it from their individual life experience, which is rewarding because every viewer has a different experience of each painting and a different idea of what it means.
These paintings are all done from my own photographic references, and my source materials are all from spontaneous moments. The process of painting is appropriate because it lets me spend time recreating, and in a sense prolonging, the moments I choose to represent- in stark contrast to how quickly we consume and discard digital memories today.
Born in Fort Lauderdale, FL Lives in Los Angeles, CA
Education 2012, MFA in Painting with Distinction, University of New Mexico 2008, BFA in Painting, Florida State University 2007, Study Abroad Program, London
Selected Exhibits 2023- (Upcoming) Solo show with Billis Williams Gallery 2022- CityScape XII- George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA Cakes- The Lemonade Stand, Fairbanks, AK Highway 62 Art Tours- Psychic Arches, Landers, CA 2020- Hoarders House- Field Projects Gallery, New York City, New York 13+- The Lemonade Stand, Fairbanks, AK 2018- Bathers- Planthouse Gallery, New York, NY (upcoming) 2017- Cityscape VII- George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA *Open Narratives- Pierce College Art Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA Tallahassee International- FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL 2016- Cityscape VI- George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA Women Painting Women- RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, NY Twelve- Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, SC Los Angeles Billboard Creative Show, Billboards across Los Angeles 2015-2015 Miami University Young Painters Competition juried by Franklin Sirmans- Hiestand North Gallery, Oxford, OH Pulse of LA juried by Leslie Cozzi- LA Artcore Union Station Gallery, Los Angeles, CA DAWN- Sananda Gallery, Venice, CA At This Time / In This City- Exact Science Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Representational Art in the 21st Century- Wailoa Arts and Cultural Center with the University of Hawaii Summer Art Institute, Hilo, HI Rendezvous- Keystone Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Cityscape V- George Billis Gallery, Culver City, CA 2014- Two works entered into the Collection of Great Smoky Mountain National Park Los Angeles Artist’s Association 2014 Open Show Juried by Susan Cross- 825 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA I Heart LA- Jeanie Madsen Gallery, Santa Monica, CA The Bridge Between Us- 11:11 A Creative Collective, Tarzana, CA 2013- Annual Summer Juried Show- Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA *Momentary-Ana Medina and Jill Christian- Platz Gallery at the Southwestern University of the Visual Arts, Albuquerque, NM mIrrorspeak- EMP, Baltimore, MD 2012-New Mexico Showcase, Juried by Peter Frank- 516 Arts Gallery, Albuquerque, NM Tangents-John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Sentimental (Im)propriety-Eggman and Walrus Gallery, Santa Fe, NM How Appropriate- [AC]2 Gallery, Albuquerque, NM 2008-2011-Two works entered into the Collection of the University of New Mexico Nature and Technology- John Sommers Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Tata Gala- Sarasota Design Center, Sarasota, FL At First Sight- The Petting Zoo, Albuquerque, NM Armageddon - The 621 Gallery, Tallahassee, FL BFA Graduate Exhibition - FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL *Solo or Two Person shows
Publications 2020- BOOOOOOOM, digital magazine, Artists Spotlight 2020- Archive 00, magazine, Issue 1, Saint Maison Gallery 2017- FSU Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee International, Exhibition Catalog 2015- LA Artcore Union Station Gallery, Pulse of LA, Exhibition Calalog 2015- SELFISH, magazine, Issue #2 2014- The Hand Magazine, Issue #7 2014- Dialogist: Quarterly Poetry and Art, Volume II, Issue II 2012- 516 Arts Gallery, New Mexico Showcase, Exhibition Catalog
Lectures/ Residencies 2017-Lecture at Pierce College coinciding with solo show Open Narratives, Woodland Hills, Ca 2014- Artist in Residence at Great Smoky Mountain National Park 2014- Presentation at Arrowmont School on Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN 2013-Lecture at Southwestern University for the Visual Arts, Albuquerque, NM, coinciding with Momentary exhibition 2012- MFA Thesis Talk at the University of New Mexico
Grants/Awards/Scholarships 2015- Miami University’s 2015 Young Painters Award Third Place Grant 2014- Accepted into the Los Angeles Artist Association 2012- RPT Travel and Research Grant, UNM 2009-2012- GA/TA Scholarships from UNM 2010-2011- Clyde A. and Elizabeth R. Hill Endowed Scholarship 2004-2008- Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship 2004-2006- FSU Incentive Scholarship 2007- Krown Materials Award