Born in 1991, I was raised in Hollywood, Florida. I graduated from the Brown/RISD Dual Degree Program where I received a B.A. in Art History and a B.F.A. in Painting respectively. After graduating I attended residencies at the Anderson Ranch in Colorado as well at the Vermont Studio Center. I recently received a Masters in Art Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art in NY. I am currently living in Brooklyn, NY where I have my studio and run my painting practice.
I create figurative paintings whose subjects are based on real people I have observed. I believe that the most vivid, meaningful and interesting interactions of figures, space and light occur out in the world and I seek those moments by going where I go and gathering images. I utilize classical and digital techniques to arrive at a final composition which serves as my guide in creating a painting. Through my figurative paintings I hope to communicate the specific and unique emotions of those people I observe. Figurative painting can create a unique intimacy between the viewer and the depicted. I am interested in specific and precise expression, but not of a strictly photorealistic sort. My guiding criterion for choosing which people and scenes to paint is how well they express the thought I wanted to express through the painting. Many times the thought is a reflection on the emotions I read in the people around me in specific spaces. Another criterion is how well the scene allows me to explore space, light and figures to create a complex scene full of lively figures. Ultimately only the painting shows that thing about the scene that grabbed my attention.
My painting process involves repetitious and preparative draftsmanship juxtaposed with spontaneous and succinct decisions and expression. My painting choices are informed by a variety of painting movements. This way of working speaks to my understanding of memory. It can be both through repetitive exposure and spontaneous epiphany that memories come to us, and in all cases that memory is its own new altered creature that is removed from any reality that exists beyond consciousness. Without the act of painting and engaging visually with the people I see in my life, I may have forgotten the experiences entirely. In giving these experiences visual form, I’ve endowed the moments and people with a type of significance. In an age where countless images are available at a single touch, committing any particular image to memory is more daunting but ultimately more exciting than ever.