Realistic still life painting is, perhaps more than any other genre, consciously intended to be situated within a long-standing tradition. As a contemporary artist who deliberately chooses to work within the parameters of a traditional genre and to employ a traditional mode of representation, my challenge is to create work that embraces tradition (which I’m convinced remains vital and relevant for our time) while simultaneously transcending the sense of nostalgia often attributed to it.
Ultimately my paintings celebrate the simple act of looking at the overlooked and the pleasures derived from seeing ordinary things in an extraordinary way. As affirmations of the beauty of unremarkable things, the paintings enthusiastically embrace human culture and the material world while suggesting a life-affirming optimism, reverence, humor, and an underlying spirituality.
"My paintings invite one to slow down, take time to look closely, to see, think, feel, and finally, to know."
Born in Columbus, OH
MFA in Painting and Art History, Ohio University, Athens, OH
BA, The Columbus College of Art and Design,Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
Paintings – An Introduction, Paul Thiebaud Gallery, San Francisco, CA
The Eloquent Object, Southern Ohio Museum, Portsmouth, OH
Painterly Still Lifes, Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH
Recent Work, Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH
Perry Nicole Gallery, Memphis, TN
Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum, Hampden-Sydney, VA
Keny Galleries, Columbus, OH
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, Hampden-Sydney College, Farmville, VA
Adjunct Faculty, Advanced Degree Program, Concordia University Chicago, Chicago, IL
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Award of Merit, National Small Works Juried Show, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN
Professional Artist Fellowship, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA