I make paintings that draw from an exploration of classical painting traditions.

A native of Michigan, I received a BA in art history before moving to NYC to work as a graphic designer. After several years in the design field, I started making fine art. 
 
Portraiture and the figure are the themes for most of my work. I use Cubist angles, clear demarcation of tonal shifts and chromatic intensity. The resulting paintings produce heightened views of the everyday while I explore the boundary between the abstract and the recognizable.
 
As a teacher and arts innovator, I propose that some art can be made not only by studio trained artists, but freely and spontaneously, by everyone. I encourage process oriented engagement with materials and themes. This results in abstract, almost hieroglyphic collages in addition to more illustrative pieces.