• Willie-4
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Willie-5
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Willie-8
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Willie-3
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Willie-7
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Zoe-1
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Sarah-4
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • SOLD
    • Laine-13
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Willie-2
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Rheanna-2
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Laine-13
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Laine-9
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Laine-5
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Heather-1
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Denstiny-15
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Destiny-24
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Destiny-23
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Destiny-22
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Destiny-16
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Britain-1
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Britain-2
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • Jacqueline 1
    • Acrylic
    • 60" x 44"
    • Thea 4
    • Acrylic
    • 60" x 44"
    • Laine 16
    • Acrylic
    • 80" x 60"
    • Laine 9
    • Acrylic
    • 60" x 44"
    • Laine 7
    • Acrylic
    • 48" x 36"
    • Alby 3
    • Acrylic
    • 48" x 36"
    • Ama 2
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 48" x 36"
    • Priscila 11
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 60" x 44"
    • Loni 1
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 48" x 36"
    • Laine 14
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"
    • SOLD
    • Hauna 2
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 48" x 36"
    • Destiny 18
    • Acrylic on Canvas
    • 80" x 60"

Artist Statement

Starting with a vague or elusive expression and an uncertain context, I hope to provoke viewers into visually completing my portraits with their own more complete and ideal mental image and to then create the narrative based on their own experience and feelings.

We are attracted to faces – it is our nature. If I fill the canvas with a big face then there is little room for external leading context. I think that the large size and closely cropped image creates an elevated sense of intimacy.  Searching for meaning, viewers may turn inward to create a subjective reality.

If I engage you with eyes then I can also start to do other things peripherally with line and color. I can color outside of the lines and your mind will resolve it. Vague and scribbled outlines and graphic vectors become part of a recognizable whole while a hint of “unreal” complimentary and equal value color causes the eyes to seem life-like. I experiment with the amount and type of information required to evoke an image and to find those characteristics that cause the viewer to emotionally respond to the portrait.

All of my paintings start with a live model and then I work from reference photographs.  I have developed a practice of deliberately reacting to less than controlled and/or accidental incidences.

I use a limited pallet of acrylic paint. I vary the coverage, spraying varnish between layers and then scrubbing, scraping, scratching or sanding the surface while applying a variety of marks – strokes, dots and other adjustments.  I try not to differentiate between my drawing and painting.

These paintings tend to be layers of fresh starts. I believe I might have a finished face one day but soon I brush, flow or spill paint all over the surface, leaving traces – a template to guide the next iteration.

It seems that whenever I think I have a new idea I find someone who did it, sometimes, centuries ago. I am not interested in imitation. I am interested in continuing their inquiries. I consider myself to be a traditional artist in search of ways to build on the past. In the end I am attempting to facilitate alternative emotional experiences through the use of changing and alternate points of view, engaging gaze, uncertain context, elusive emotion and naturalistic cues.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2018

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha OK

2017

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Black and White”, juried by Alison Hokanson of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (awarded Special Recognition) Boulder Creative Collective, Victims, Witnesses and Survivors, one-person exhibition/installation

2013

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Firehouse Art Center, Longmont, CO

2011

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2010

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

Dairy Center for the Arts, Boulder, CO

2008

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

Gallerie Porto 34, St Barth, FWI

2007

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

Exhibitrek – the Gallery, Boulder, CO

2006

Exhibitrek – the Gallery, Boulder, CO

2005

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

2004

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

 

Group

2018

Den Gallery, “Vigour”, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Monmouth University Center for the Arts, “Artivism”, West Long Branch NJ
Concordia University, Ann Arbor MI

Arts Longmont, “Drawn to the Figure”, Longmont CO (awarded 1st place)

Colors of Humanity, “Red”, International exhibition (awarded Best in Show)

2017

Den Gallery “Release”, Kuwait City, Kuwait

Dairy Arts Center, Collaboration with sculptor Roger Reutimann, “Neo-Cubism – A New Perspective”, Boulder CO

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, “Art and Conflict”, Arvada CO

Seven-State Biennial, Univ. of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Charles Goddard Center, Museum of the Red River (awarded 1st Place)

2016

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Color”, juried by Lillian Tone of the MOMA

2015

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, “Black and White”, juried by Christiane Paul of the Whitney Museum of American Art (awarded a Best in Show)

2014

Florida State University Museum of Fine Art, Tallahassee, FL

New York Hall of Science Museum, “Science Inspires Art“

Seven State Biennial, Goddard Art Center, juried by Mark White of the Fred Jones Museum of Art-University of Oklahoma

2013

Stephen F. Austin State University, “Texas National”, juried by Peter Selz past MOMA and UC Berkeley Art Museum (awarded 3rd Place)

Knoll Gallery, Best of Denver Santa Fe Art District (awarded Best in Show)

Texas National 2013, Stephen F. Austin State University

Masur Museum of Art, Monroe, LA, juried by George T.M. Shackelford of the Kimbell Art Museum

San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA, juried by Rene de Guzman of the Oakland Museum of California

Art of the State, Arvada Center, CO

Studio Montclair, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ

2012

Space Gallery, Denver, CO, Works on Paper

b.j. spoke gallery, Expo 31, Huntington, NY

Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

University of Texas, 27th Annual International Exhibition

2011

Nassau Community College, NY

Museum of the Living Artist, San Diego,, CA

Visual Art Center of NJ

Colorado State Capitol, Colorado Council of the Arts – Creative Capitol

2010

Denver International Airport, Colorado Council of the Arts

Santa Cruz Art League

Lana Santorelli Gallery, Chelsea NYC, NY

Old Court House Art Center, Woodstock, IL

Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State College Denver, CO

Denver Botanic Gardens, Contemporary Responses to Henry Moore

Denver International Airport/33 Ideas/Colorado Art Ranch

2009

Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery, Boulder, CO

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

2008

Space Gallery, Denver, CO

2007

ArtExpo, New York, NY

2006

Gallery St Thomas, Virgin Islands

Safety Zone International Exhibition, St John, Virgin Islands

2005

Beaux Art Festival – Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, FL

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, New York, NY

Safety Zone International Exhibition, St John, Virgin Islands

2004

Neo Art Gallery, Denver, CO

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