Artists Describing Their Art:
- The first series here represents notable historical and pop culture figures, many with Ohio roots, presented in a contemporary style. Each portrait can be seen as a celebration of the individual depicted as well as a meditation on the difference between the bygone era of actual achievement in the arts versus todays culture of instant celebrity. Also included here is a series of textured jazz musician portraits. Each musician painting was made using a layered acrylic technique, evoking the smoky atmosphere of the clubs where the music was born....
- I like to find new life in old, found items. I perform a kind of plastic or reconstructive surgery on the materials that I find in thrift stores and other like places, refinishing and refreshing their skin with spray enamel or acrylic paint and reforming and improving their shapes with bits and pieces from elsewhere. In the process of reimaging the items, I resurrect them from the past and bring them into the present, making them current and relevant through the concepts and messages I attach to them, commentaries on the state of things in the world today. I give new purpose and interest to items that have lost their place in the onrush of use and fashion. I take once upon a time materials and try to make them timeless....
- I am most interested in evaluating humanity's pursuit of its own value and purpose (religion, philosophy, etc.) in my art as well as through my criticism of art in general. I am currently studying for a Masters degree in Studio Art and then I hope to continue on to a Phd in Humanities. Ultimately, I would like to do research into the structures and fabrications of human purpose in history and contemporary society, teach at a college, stay involved in political and social activism, and continue making art.