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Artist's Statement

I am a Minnesota native and a graduate of Hamline University, where I studied Studio Art, Music, and Religion. In addition to painting, I spend most of my time drumming in local bands and teaching with non-profits in the arts. Experiences that have shaped my art include studying abroad in Japan, being an avid reader of self-help books and religious tomes, and hosting a show on Minimalism for college radio.

I draw the most inspiration from engaging with nature by painting outdoors. However, the subject matter of my work is not as important as showing my process of interpreting the rhythms of the visual world around me.  I am interested in exploring time in my work through repetition and variation of shapes. By showing the process of creating a painting, such as leaving structural drawing lines and visibly layering the paint, I express my experience of seeing.

In my oil paintings, I use tonality to investigate three-dimensional space by creating depth with lights and darks. I also play with leaving areas of blank canvas next to areas of paint, fracturing the image and causing a confusion between figure and ground. This can create a sense of both flatness and depth, making background and subject appear to shift back and forth. It also draws attention to the abstract quality of paint rather than the representation of objects. By emphasizing the importance of all parts of an image and de-emphasizing object labels, like "arm" or "tree", I aim to express a universal, underlying unity that I feel is strongly present in all things.

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