I hope to meet the gaze of America and affirm that it is coyly enthralled by Atavism amidst the static of Technology and Globalism. I think the fragmentation in American culture was dealt with shrewdly in Art for 100 years. The subsequent slippage, like ever-lessening aftershocks of the New, has too often resulted in affected, simplified identities—and an art of wallowing detachment and desperate mashings-up. Our matter is multicultural and multidisciplinary. There is nothing more important in painting now than standing in our landscape with strength and honesty.
After having earned degrees in biology and literature, I became a self-taught painter. I am a naturalist who has been foraging for mushrooms in particular all my life. Ornithology is of specific interest to me too. I worked for the last decade in New York as a Scenic Artist (see imdb.com) in film and television - most recently on Horace and Pete and Mr. Robot. Currently, it's decorative painting that's my day job. I call Lambertville, New Jersey home.
A note on the Epochal Violence series: These paintings are a result of my time spent in the woods. I am keenly aware of invasive species and the native plants I hold dear from my childhood. The conflict between the two has become very clear to me and part of an immense narrative as I wander through forests that were fields sixty years ago or over the rims of colonial quarries. This landscape is a changing array of sequelae - scars from previous afflictions - but it is so familiar. Somehow to me, this is America in this time.