Despite all the suburban houses in my paintings, I was actually raised by artists deep in the woods of NH and currently live and work in a small, but sunny apartment with my sweetheart, 3 kids and a cat. I dream of owning my own house someday, but for now I make paintings of them and imagine what it’s like to call these places, “home”. I suspect it’s not always what it appears to be.
My current body of work falls somewhere between the worlds of photography, painting and collage. I begin with photographs of seemingly ordinary and mundane scenes, which I then paint directly upon to distill and reveal the visually poignant moments that exist all around us, but are often overlooked.
There is a quiet anxiety and loneliness in these images of isolated houses, empty chairs and abandoned pools. Shadows loom from unknown/unseen sources, horizon lines become uncomfortably close, people are absent and geographic clues are obscured. Despite all this uneasiness, there is also a sense of bravery or at least a blind and determined optimism. (Poppytalk Handmade)