I attempt to create a moment of reflection that transcends the literal description of space and turns into place. When previous events are remembered, the timeline can fall apart, and memories of events are often jumbled and recalled by personal significance. Memory strongly influences our perception of the present and potential future, helping us contextualize our experiences. Upon reflection we are able to understand what has happened and assign meaning to our lives. By creating paintings that reference past experiences I am able to recreate the significance of locality as a place of felt value.
I received a master of fine arts in painting from Bowling Green State University in 2006, the Elizabeth Greenshields grant in 2006, and a Fulbright grant in 2007, to create work in Reykjavik and Siglufjördur, Iceland. I previously taught at St. Louis Community College at Florissant and at Western Oregon University in Monmouth Oregon, and Georgia State University.