My approach to fine art takes two contrasting paths. On one hand, I render photo-realistic graphite drawings, capturing a real form – primarily human – in whole or in part. Through image placement and negative space, I form a visual interest and emotional connection to what could otherwise be conceived as a simple black and white drawing. On the other end of the spectrum, I create imaginary surrealistic scenes with oil paint on canvas. The elements and ideas for these paintings originate in free-form art sessions, commonly known as doodling, while my sense of graphic design dictates the layout and structure. You might gather from viewing my paintings that, in addition to the goings on of my subconscious, I take inspiration from the surreal master painters like Salvador Dali, Max Ernst and Joan Miro.
I have been drawing, painting and experimenting with other media since I was a kid growing up in rural Ohio. My love for creating art fed my desire to attend art school. After receiving my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in visual communication design from Columbus College of Art and Design, I moved to Toledo to pursue a job as a graphic designer. This career path is what eventually led me to Harrisburg. I now work for Gannett Fleming, as an interactive design specialist.
My work has been displayed at numerous indoor and outdoor shows in Ohio and central Pennsylvania including Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Susquehanna Art Museum, Mantis Collective, Pinnacle Hospital, Jumpstreet, Toledo Museum of Art, and Space 237, and 20 North St. Gallery, both of Toledo.