current artist’s statement

Art, Process

Sometimes I find it hard to make work.  I’m not always sure where I’m going with my ideas, or what I’m really saying in my paintings.  In those times, it helps to reflect on my artist’s statement; because, while an artist’s statement describes the work, sometimes perfecting the statement can help solidify the artistic process…

I find inspiration in making people happy – I enjoy making people smile when they see my work.  As an artist, I am involved in the local community because I value the relevance of my art in the lives of regular people.  Through this community-based influence, I want to bring a sense of joy and hopefulness to my audience.  I want my viewer to feel an inquisitive interest in the everyday, and find whimsy in unexpected places.  The focus of my work ranges from easily palatable subjects such as the curious nature of fruits and veggies, to more heavy topics such as environmental consensus and the ethical treatment of livestock.  Even with this range of subject matter, I instill in my work a playfulness that can be enjoyed by the child at heart.  My illustrations have an indie craft fair lightness, with a Works Progress Administration tone and temperament.  It is a very precise and considered rhetoric that allows my audience to find meaning on multiple levels of observation.  Whether it is through small-scale hand-held totems, detailed illustrations, or meticulously considered paintings, I find that these works allow me to convey a sense of wonder and fascination to the audience – allowing the viewer to get lost in a curious and imaginative world and develop a deeper appreciation for my subject matter.

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