The undercurrent of my work is an attempt to transcend the inevitable fate that awaits us all. To produce expressions of being alive. This sentiment is reflected in my work through the juxtaposition of elements and techniques that create movement, tension, and contrast that often dissipate towards the edges of the canvas. This provides a sense of expansiveness.
My work is often described by others as bold, playful, and sensual regardless of the subject and I think that’s because, no matter what I am painting, I’m inserting myself into the composition like some kind of fluid detective who must uncover the mystery of the blank canvas. Like John Cage’s silent symphony, the deliberate absence of sound – or color and texture – is an irresistible invitation. One is compelled to react. And in that process, to learn, discover, share, grow, and inspire.
Going back to the beginning – I was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1986, and have lived in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. I was 14 years old when I sold my first painting.
Later, I studied art at the University of Colorado under contemporary realist painter Chuck Forsman along with psychology.
Initially, I pursued psychology and was fortunate to co-author a couple of books with past APA President, Dr. Philip Zimbardo. His decades of research on how external variables can influence human behavior greatly impacted the lens through which I see the world. Thus, the pursuit of both truth and balance has driven my writing and research as much as it has influenced my artwork.
In 2019, I started an art studio in Boulder, Colorado, where I create large modern paintings and mixed media pieces. My paintings have been featured in several publications and have been shown both in the US and abroad.