ARTIST — quirky subjectivity aesthetically embracing the dynamic/multilayered/abstracting environment with meticulous spontaneity...
I'm working as an artist-entreprenuer in Charlottesville.
I'm striving to further develop microabstraction —to unravel the postmodern contemporary moment, to uncover the subtleties of the local landscape, to reapply the formal abstraction of the twentieth century into a meaningful context of interwoven human connections, dynamic geographical avenues, and open-ended hope— all with oil paint and a palette knife.
In spring of 2018, I graduated from the University of Virginia where I studied English and Art History.
Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I observe structures of the 21st-century American south. My interests include the history of painting, the architecture of home, the wilderness landscape, the southern city, the sport of rowing, literary fiction, cultural ironies, and perhaps the color blue.
Throughout my adolescence, art-making had always been a peripheral pastime, eclipsed by academics and athletics. However, at nineteen years old, I was introduced to plein-air oil painting. Borrowing my aunt's paint-splattered easel and palette knife, I struggled throughout the August daybreak in front of a rural mountain view. The resulting painting was timid but the passion was sparked. As I kept painting, I noticed steady improvement in my work.
The spark was further fueled as I backpacked the northern half of the Appalachian Trail in 2016. I carried watercolors as I sought to capture the breathtaking vastness of my rugged surroundings. The gap year from school was one of the best decisions I've ever made. The adventure gave me the confidence, independence, and grit to achieve my goals and to surrender conventional expectations. (Thanks to advanced-placement credits, I was still able to graduate on time, with six semesters of coursework and a double major.)
A year later, within my final semester of college, hours of painterly practice and art-historical investigation allowed me to assemble my first exhibition, "Layered Geographies," twenty-one paintings displayed at a local coffeehouse. The success and thrill of the exhibition provided my boldness to pursue this painting project after graduation— full-time and wholeheartedly.